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I have a 1999 ford windstar and it's power steering start to whine about a week ago don't under stand why add more fluids helps but then it starts again also can hear air when i'm going to park and turn off my van please help me

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Check your Power steering lines especially where they may clip to a plastic holder on the frame. Water and salt spray like to corrode the line at these points. Sometimes you may need to disconnect the line and take it off and test it for pressure holding capability.
Make sure you use the correct fluid for your Brand. Sometimes the vanes inside the pump wear, especially if it ran dry. Then the unit will need to be replaced.
Last, when steering pivots, like balljoints wear, they cause more drag making the unit to work harder to steer. The pump can squeal under the added resistance.

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trans fluid and p/s fluid same thing thats fine. Did you fill fluid first before starting vehicle? These pumps burn up easily if run dry.

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It's probally low on power steering fluid. If you open the hood, look on the left side right over the passenger tire. Theres a resivore there for power steering fluid. Unscrew the cap and wipe the dip stick clean. Then put it back in and pull it back out and see how far up the stick the fluid reaches. Make sure you put it in all the way so you get an accurate reading. If its low, add some until it says full on the dip stick. then put the cover back on, start the van and turn the steering all the way left and then all the way right a few times. The noise should stop as long as that was the problem. Windstars and known for having power steering leaks so I am going to bet that is the noise your hearing. It's a low toned, whining noise if it is low on power steering fluid. Hope that works for you. Good Luck.

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