I am in Toronto, ON Canada, and it's currently -15 celcius outside. My 2003 Ford F150 pick up has started whining while idling and driving. At first, it sounded like the power steering when fluid levels are low. I check levels, and they were at minimum amounts, so I topped up the fluid. The truck doesn't whine when idling any longer, however it still is while driving. Could it be the pulleys that may be cold? Does power steering fluid thicken in extremely cold temperatures? Please advise. Thanks!
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These trucks had a problem with tje ac commpressor clutch breaking i would recomend sliding under truck and looking closely at the ac clutch. also the idler pulleys tensioner and waterpump pulley as these are also problematic
if you have not replaced the tension pulley and the idler pulley it might be them. but i too just had my power steering pump replaced and i took it back. the garage said that ford states that a manufactured pump has a 500 mile break in time. if after that then you have a bad pump and should be replaced again.
You may want to check the air filter for it may be a little loose that's why it's whining. If not, get a water hose and listen to the bearings if they are whining. If they are, then it's gonna be a bearing in need of replacement.
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A whining noise when it is extremely cold outside is usually caused by the power steering pump due to the fluid being real thick at low temperatures. This noise usually goes away as the vehicle warms up and the fluid thins out.
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