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Power steering keeps breaking the hose and makes a whining noise

I have changes the pump ,the hose 3 times and the racn and pinion already whats left????

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If you get some odd noise from steering when you are turning tight, the pump doesn't get enough oil.
At first check the steering oil level is a pit more than "high".

If it is not help, there is sometimes dust in oilfilter?
(undocument problem)
The streering oil filter is inside the steering reservoir (oil tank?).
I took the reservoir out and clean the filter and now it is ok.

Posted on May 29, 2009

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