1996 Ford Taurus just developed a power steering pump noise.
The fluid is a little low but I can see it at the base of the resevoir neck.
I just had an oil change a month ago and they supposedly topped it off then. I also had a serpentine belt and tensioner replaced at that time.
I read that you should only use specific power steering fluid and mixing brands may not be good for power steering pumps. I don't know what might have been used at the oil change facility.
The car has 114,000 miles and is in good mechanical shape otherwise.
Does a groaning noise mean the pump needs to be replaced?
Is there some other less expensive thing to try.
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Re: 1996 Ford Taurus just developed a power steering pump...
Make sure it is full of power steering fluid. Fords use generic power steering fluid you can buy at any parts store.Or you can try a power steering additive like Lucus and it may help as a last resort to replacing the pump .
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Have you checked the power steering fluid level? The reservoir for the fluid will be at the front of the engine, where the belt runs the power steering pump. If it's low or out add a little power steering fluid till full, then start car and slowly turn wheels back and forth from stop to stop-not too ******* the stops (when the steering won't turn further that way...that's what I mean by stops)....Turn wheel one way full travel, then reverse and turn the other way. Check the fluid level again, and add as needed.
If fluid is not low, the belt may be too loose to make the power steering pump work, or you may have a bigger problem that needs professional attewntion.
Having the pump/lines off allowed air to get in them, with the cap on turn your wheels boths ways without locking them all the way in either direction, if it starts to whine add fluid to the full spot on the reservoir and continue the process once its got the air out you'll be good, but keep the cap on while you're doing it, it should happen after couple minutes.
Does the red fluid have a metalic look from little metal particles? If so, then it is time for a new or salvage yard pump. Not hard to tell. Just put something up against the pump and listen to that up to your ear. You will be able to tell of the pump is the source of the noise or not.
Check up the hydraulic power steering pump.
See picture below for 1.6, 1.8 liters Audi (4 cyl.) engines:
If you find leaks and noise when runing, the hydraulic vane type pump is damaged. The pump **** air inside and mix air with oil resulting foam. Therefore fluid volume inside steering instalation rises. Then pressure overflows oil from the reservoir. You need repair or replace hydraulic vane type steering pump.
The problem could be anything from a power steering hose has leaked out all the power steering fluid or the steering rack could be leaking fluid. Has the car made any strange noises when turning the steering wheel? A car that is loosing power steering fluid will at some point lose so much fluid as to make the power steering pump cavitate (starve for fluid) and the pump will make a high pitched noise when it has too little fluid in it. I can't remember if the 1996 ranger had only one belt on the engine or if the power steering has it own seperate belt. The belt being gone would prevent the power steering from working but if you only have one belt the car would also overheat.