My 1995 (v6) mustang. started makeing this kinda of whiney whistley noise when i turn on the engine and drive but when i pull into parking spots or back out it is real bad i cannot hardly turn the wheel. is their a way to find out for sure if this is power steering pump before takeing it in? P.S. last place i took it to ripped me off $3600,00 i just brought it in to replace the plugs air filter check my fluids. i never had a problem before repair shop
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Re: How can i be sure it is power steering
This noise is the power steering pump, it is very common on all Fords that use the Ford style round resovoir pump, make sure u have the system flushed out before u install the new pump or the ground up parts of the old pump will ruin the new one.
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It's not the transmission, because you wouldn't see the space that the transmission fluid fills, and it's doubtful that it's the brake fluid, the brakes will act up all the time (stop lights, etc) if that were the case, so it must be the powersteering fluid. If your car is sort of a pain to steer around corners, the slower you go, the harder it is to move the wheel to turn, and you hear a sort of whiney noise when you get into a deep turn, or are turning slowly, that would for sure be powersteering.
Try to bleed all air from the power steering system:raise the front of the vehicle off the ground just until the tires are off the ground,start the engine,make sure the fluid is at the proper level,while engine is idleing turn the steering wheel from lock to lock in both directions( do not hold at full lock for more than a second) repeatedly,at a average turning speed back and forth about 10 to 15 times,shut engine off, lower vehicle,check fluid level once again,take out for test drive for at least 10 to 15 minutes,if noise is still present then it's time to replace the power steering pump.Good luck!
this sounds like the bearing in the thermostatic cooling fan has worn possibly lift bonnet with car started keep hands out and look for a fan on the front of the radiator the are usually black plastic and are easily replaced and become noisy when worn hope this is helpful glenn....