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Cant locate where to put power steering fluid into a 97 riviera

When i turn the steering wheel i get a "whine" i assume i should check the power steering flluid but i cannot locate!

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  • Anonymous Feb 18, 2009

    I have a 95 Honda civic, cannot locate the power steering reservoir

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    moved my car one night to let my friend out of her garage moved into soft mud which froze overnight got stuck in morning was unable to get out. when i did get out no power steering checked fluid its fine I did try to steer my way out when i was stuck by turning wheel different ways

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The power steering pump(with reservoir attached) is on the passenger side of engine on the bottom left side under the alternator.

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As you turn your steering wheel it is this fluid pressure that aids in turning the wheels of your car. ... If the pump impeller is trying to move power steering fluid and starts catching air bubbles it can cause whining noises and vibrations to occur.
Maybe you've heard it at a stop light. Maybe you've heard it as you pass a car on the freeway. Or maybe you've heard it in the parking lot at work when someone is leaving. The unmistakable whine of a power steering pump can make even the most confident mechanic wonder when that car will breakdown.
Power steering pump noise is a unique noise that your car may make and once you've heard it you always know what it is. The noise is a mix of a whirring and a whining and will always vary with the speed of your engine whether your car is driving or in park. This whining noise can be subtle or extremely loud and may be worse in colder weather, or right when you first start your car.
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There are a few reasons why you are hearing power steering pump noise from your car. First, it may simply be due to the design of the pump. Sometimes, noisy power steering pumps can continue to work flawlessly for years after they start making noise. This may simply be due to the manufacture's design or a tight tolerance in that particular pump. In this case, you would hear the noise but not see any other adverse effect like a loss in power steering, leaking fluid or a wobbly pulley. In this case, you may be able to help reduce your power steering pump noise by choosing a different type of power steering fluid, like a synthetic fluid.
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