Question about Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

When wife started car this morning it dumped all the power steering fluid. she hasnt had a poblem since this morning. the resevoir was empty and when i filled it back up it was foamy and drained right back out upon start up. the temperature dropped to single digits very quickly last night. not sure if it just air or i need to replace the pump

Posted by on

  • 2 more comments 
  • Butch Garber Jan 20, 2013

    sorry it is a 2001 Chevy Impala

  • Butch Garber Jan 20, 2013

    i tried looking for a leak and could not see exactly where it was coming from. all i could see was a steady stream coming straight out the bottom. will try that and be back shortly

  • Butch Garber Jan 20, 2013

    ok the turning side to side worked for a minute and stopped the squealing but then it dropped the fluid again. i couldnt see a leak in lines and it apears to be coming from the bottom. been through four quarts today trying.

  • Jerome Minks
    Jerome Minks Jan 20, 2013

    first put a pan under that leak to catch the fluid so you dont have to purchase any more..what kind of car again..sorry..could be a ruptured hose on the rack and pinoin steering drive..its basically a hydraulicm ram that pushes/pulls on the steering connections.. need to look under the car if possible..



1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 20 achievements.


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Cars & Trucks Master
  • 3,103 Answers

Drained out from where exactly.. a hose , the pump or what..sounds like a pressure valve is stuck and the fluid has no where to go..try to turn the steering wheel slightly side to side and se if the system will kick the valve open or what ..repost findings

Posted on Jan 20, 2013

Testimonial: "ok the turning side to side worked for a minute and stopped the squealing but then it dropped the fluid again. i couldn't see a leak in lines and it appears to be coming from the bottom. been through four quarts today trying."


6 Suggested Answers

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

  • 475 Answers

SOURCE: CJ 7 power steering

The power steering pump is black and has a 2" diameter cap theat screws on.

Posted on Nov 25, 2008

  • 1779 Answers

SOURCE: Power steering fluid leaking.

Year and mileage? Keep the fluid level up so you don't damage the power steering pump, and return to the garage that serviced it. This sounds like something wasn't tightened properly, and they should correct the problem. It is possible that a power steering hose or the pump itself developed a leak, but, it is most likely something that wasn't tightened properly. That's the best diagnosis that can be given w/out actually being able to see the vehicle.

Posted on Aug 26, 2009

  • 1779 Answers

SOURCE: my power steering pump makes a growling noise even

Does it make the growling noise when the fluid is at the correct level? If it does, the noise is a warning that your power steering pump needs to be replaced.

Posted on Oct 11, 2009

  • 7353 Answers

SOURCE: my power steering belt squeals when i start

Are you sure you are looking at the belt that is squealing? Usually the alternator belt squeals when first starting engine, PS belt will squeal when turning the steering wheel all the way right or left. It the tensioner is maxed out, either the belt is stretched, worn out, or way overtightened.

Posted on Nov 03, 2009

  • 1 Answer

SOURCE: my 04 volvo xc90 leaking power steering fluid at night

I have the same problem with 05 XC90 2.5T.. It seems like there is a problem with the power steering pump. And the only way to fix it is to change the pump. Now i'm trying to use the lucas stop leaking thing as well and will see what happens.

Posted on Jan 04, 2010

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

My '06 Honda Odyssey has gotten noisy recently.

If it is filled up to the "full hot" mark then you are okay, fluid wise. It almost sounds like once it gets warmed up, it starts running better. The "growling" noise (especially when turning) could be from it not getting enough fluid. Other than that, your power steering pump maybe on its last legs, and it is taking time to warm up before it starts pumping fluid correctly. Just make sure that you power steering resevoir is completely filled to the proper mark.

Aug 10, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

My 1991 subaru 2.5 legacy boxer sounds like the power steering is out of oil when you start car in th mornings, but ok once car has been run ,

Your Pump is getting worn, as it expands the noise goes away. You can try and Empty the Power Steering Pump of its fluid and put new in and there is a chance it will go away but if it does not, you are looking at replacing the Pump.

Preventive Maintenance goes a long way, the same thing with the brakes, Engine, Transmission, ect.. They all require changing the fluid to prolong the life of the components.

Apr 04, 2013 | 1991 Subaru Legacy

1 Answer

My power steering resevoir was empty. I noticed it because my steering was suddenly stiff this morning. Nothing in my manual said anything about a particular type of PS fluid so I went to Walmart and...

You will have to look where it is leaking from and get it fixed. Running without power steering fluid will eventually burn you power steering pump out and yes if you power steering is that hard to turn when out of fliud, it is dangerous.

Aug 28, 2010 | 1999 Volkswagen Beetle

2 Answers

Water in power steering fluid. At 0 degrees here in Buffalo, NY, the steering has become extremly hard. How do I drain the reservoir?

how did water get in there? the reservoir has two lines the large one is the feed and small one is the return you need to remove the small line and make it dump into a separate container. but you have to plug the hole where the line came from so that res. doesn't loose clean fluid. now start engine as reservoir level drops keep filling until you see new fluid.

Jan 03, 2010 | 1994 Ford Aerostar Extended

1 Answer

1996 Audi A4. On a very cold morning the power steering fluid overflows from the resevoir.

Check up the hydraulic power steering pump.
See picture below for 1.6, 1.8 liters Audi (4 cyl.) engines:
If you find leaks and noise when runing, the hydraulic vane type pump is damaged. The pump **** air inside and mix air with oil resulting foam. Therefore fluid volume inside steering instalation rises. Then pressure overflows oil from the reservoir. You need repair or replace hydraulic vane type steering pump.

Dec 30, 2009 | 1996 Audi A4

1 Answer

The Power Steering Fluid has leaked out after i started the engine and the resevoir is now completely empty in seconds. I need to drive the car to a repair shop but extremely difficult to turn the wheel....

problem may not be the pump make sure that the power steering lines are not where the fluid is leaking add fluid and observe where the fluid is coming from easier to change out a line than pump and no on bypasing the system

Dec 14, 2009 | 1999 Chevrolet Malibu

2 Answers

Power steering fluid in the 96 Kia Sephia.

there should be a resevoir on the passenger side of the vehicle. black cap, yellow or white in color resevoir. add dexron/mercon IV or better.

Nov 08, 2009 | 1996 Kia Sephia

1 Answer

Power steering

NO, DOT 4 fluid is brake fluid, not power steering fluid. The power steering fluid resevoir is black with a green cap.

Apr 20, 2009 | 2003 Audi TT

2 Answers

Peplaced power steering pump and it still makes

Check that the filter at the bottom of the reservoir isn't blocked and restricting fluid to the power steering pump.

Mar 03, 2009 | 1992 Honda Accord

1 Answer

Bad noise once starting

Believe it or not, the problem may be your power steering RESEVOIR! There is a screen in it that gets clogged and cannot return the fluid fast enough. Bet it didn't make as much noise or not at all in the warmer months did it?

Go to your dealership, ask for a power steering resevoir (should be about $28 - $35) get your 10mm wrench or socket out and get rid of that noise. I have replaced more than 15 of these for people and everyone has solved this annoying problem. Should have been a recall. (But that's crazy talk!)

Hope it helps!


Feb 25, 2009 | 2003 Dodge Caravan

Not finding what you are looking for?
Cars & Trucks Logo

Related Topics:

52 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Cars & Trucks Experts


Level 3 Expert

79865 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22326 Answers

john h

Level 3 Expert

14548 Answers

Are you a Car and Truck Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides