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1999 Lexus ES300 Steering wheel make groaning noise

I just bought this 1999 Lexus ES300 and it came with a couple of problems. I was told to have the power steering hose replaced which I did, very expensive too $ 600, and I still have the same problem, the steering wheel groans, although when traveling at high speeds on the highway it doesn't groan. I was also told that I have a fuel vac leak somewhere amking the check engine come on. Said to puarchase a new gas cap to solve this problem but I have yet to do so... cAN ANYONE HELP ME WITH EITHER OF THESE 2 PROBLEMS??? TIRED OF THE OLD MONEY PIT SYNDROME....FRUSTRATED...

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If the groaning sound is still happening, you are probably low on power steering fluid. I suggest starting there. Remove the cap and check the dipstick attached to the cap. The reason the sound would go away at high speeds is that you don't turn the wheel as sharply at higher speeds so the pump is not trying to pump air ( that's the groaning sound ).
If you are low on PS fluid, fill it but check for leaks for a while. Look under the car in the morning for fluid. If you spot a leak, take it back to whomever replaced the hose and have them fix it.

As far as the engine light goes, first make sure the gas cap is on properly, meaning all the way. Turn it till you hear it click several times. If that is all it was, the light should go off after 20-30 miles or so. If it stays on, try changing the gas cap. That is probably one of the cheapest routes to go.
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I have the same make and model car. i also had the same problem with that noise ur talking about i took the car to lexus and they told me this couldnt be fixed. I then took the car to my mechanic and he fixed it. I believe there is a rubber o ring inside ur steering column that makes that noise. I beleive he took off the steering wheel and greased it. I picked my car up and havent heard the noise since. My mechanic is very honest and trustworthy as urs may not. He only charged me 35$. Hope this sheds a light. i know how annoying that noise is. As far as the check engine light it might be the oil u put in making your o2 sensor flash. Have ur mechanic hook up the computer to yours and check code.

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I have had both problems. The steering I have not fixed, but it doesn't bother me and it will not hurt anything. No one could find the issue. The o-ring lube seems like a good solution to the noise.
The check engine light would come on only when the overdrive button on the shifter was depressed. It would stay on for a while then go off for a while. The issue was really related to the gas cap seal. The sensors don't like it when it isn't sealed properly. It is a $5 part. I found out the hard way and had the sensor replaced ($250) only to have the light come on again. The mechanic told me it was now the other sensor. I haven't been back to them since then and the light has not showed up since I got the gas cap. Good luck.

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