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Whine coming from left front side of engine. Sounds like its low on power steering fluid but it is full. Could this be the water pump?

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Not very likely. Check PS pump

Posted on Jan 02, 2014

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SOURCE: noise when turn at slow speed

Raise the front of the car an grab the top and bottom of the tire and see if you can move it back and forth. If so, your hub assy.(wheel bearing) is worn out. check both sides. If it's ok, remove the tires and check you brake wear.

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wheel bearing. Lift the car so the wheel is not supported and twist it up nd down,, then right and left. You will feel the play.

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SOURCE: Power steering whine

I don't know if this will work, but if it is the same whinning sound that I have heard, all it takes is to buy some belt dressing and spray on the belts and pullys.

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SOURCE: power steering fluid foaming & backing up out

that is signs of a leak
most likely cause is the rack

first start by draining the pump by removing the lower hose that is attached with a hose clamp

then refill and bleed

I suspect the foaming will return within a day

Posted on May 21, 2010

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