I have a 1.8t (AWD engine code) and my power steering is beginning to make some noise, I suspect it's low fluid, but i'm unsure where the reservoir is located to check the fluid levels. Does anyone know?
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It can be many different parts that could cause the noise. Low on power steering fluid, worn or loose belt, defective constant velocity joint, defective wheel bearing, defective rack and pinion steering, worn steering parts (tie rod ends, ball joints, idler arm, etc.)
Hi B, There are basically two places that can make a noise from the power steering; one is a loose belt which will produce a loud screeching sound which will become more intense when the steering wheel is turned. That one means that the belt has stretched and should be replaced or re-tightened. The second type of noise will be from the pump and will mean a replacement or at the very least a repair job (if the repair kit is available). Replacing the fluid is not a great problem. Locate the reservoir and the low pressure pipe which returns the fluid into it It will came from the steering assembly. (a rubber pipe attached with hose clips. The high pressure feed pipe will connect to the steering pump).Get a large container, which must be at least four times the capacity of the replacement fluid, You will probably need in the region of seven to ten pints, maybe more.. Join an extension hose to the return pipe and run that into the catchment container. Be prepared with the replacement fluid and ask a friend to start the engine. As the engine starts, begin filling and keep filling. The used ATF will run into the catchment container and when it becomes clean cut the engine. Reconnect the hose to the reservoir and check that there are no leakages. Regards John
It sounds like your car is low on power steering fluid. When the power steering fluid is low, the power steering pump is running dry, which makes a grinding or moaning sound. Check the power steering fluid level and top up if necessary. It should be on the left side of the engine compartment. Your owners manual should have the exact location of the power steering reservoir, and what type of power steering fluid to use. Good luck Matt
If the screeching sounds high pitched it could be a serpentine belt which would indicate it needs replacement.
If it's lower pitched the power steering pump could be low on fluid
which will lead to replacing the pump if left long enough. To check the
fluid look in the operator's manual and search for power steering to
locate the reservoir and to determine which fluid to use. If you cannot
find that search around under the hood for something indicating the
power steering reservoir. If it is completely out of fluid you may have
to remove air from the system by disconnecting the return hose and
extending it with a clear hose which drains into a nearby container.
Start the engine and begin filling the reservoir, turning the steering
wheel side to side until no bubbles are seen in the hose. Stop the
engine and replace the return hose.
I would recommend a mechanic or friend to help you in either case.
The flashing oil light means oil pressure is low. Check the oil level
and add more if it's low. If that doesn't resolve the problem have a
mechanic check it out.
Check the power steering fluid. located at the front of the engine where the belt is. if it low fill it to the mark on the stick/lid. if the noise is still ther after a while then you will need at minimum a new pump. you will need to have the system check for leaks.
The Power Steering Pump has a Fluid Cooler, a small radiator located on the bottom of the Van. It is used to cool the power steering fluid off. If there is a blockage problem this will cause overheating.
Although there is fluid, when was the fluid last changed? Then was the last time this entire System was flushed?
However, the Power Steering Pump making noise only when heated is a definite beginning sign that Power Steering Pump Bearings are failing. When these fail, they do so without too much warning, meaning Noise and then failure immediately after!
Before you run out and buy a new Power Steerin Pump, make sure it is in fact the Pump and not the nearby Pulley's or Pump's. Some people rush to judgement and change out the Pump when the nearby pulley bearing was the real culprit.
Let me know if this helped. or if you have additional information or questions. Feel free to contact me at FixYa.com!