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Whinning noise in steering & 'clunk' from transmission.

HI. I have a 2000 Ford Windstar SE: I have a whinning noise continuously coming from 'power steering' 'gizmo' - its louder when I turn to right or left. Fluid level is ok. Anyone know what could be the problem(s)? Thanks.
Also transmission is rough. It goes 'clunk', after putting it in either Drive or Reverse. Will flushing it help? How about a premium additive of some sort for either the steering 'gizmo' or the transmission? Thanks again.

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I believe the "gizmo" your referring to would be the pump. Ford power steering pumps will get noisy if they have been run dry at one time. Be sure the fluid level is full and you have no leaks. If no leaks and fluid is full, but noise persists then replacing the pump would be your next course. Some pumps are louder than others, so don't be surprised if the new pump may have a little whine as well.
Transmission clunk can be caused by loose mounts, drive line components (axles, cv joints) or internal transmission issue. Flushing the transmission will not cure a transmission clunk. I don't know of any additives that will cure a transmission clunk as well. Have the transmission check out before you invest money in additives and flushes. Hope this helps. Please leave feedback.

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Your power steering pump is going out is why it is making noise. As far as your car clunking, the shift Solenoid is probably got some problems. Adding additive has never really worked for us when we put it in the tranny's I don't really believe in Additives anymore because I don't think they work. Most of the time we end up pulling the transmission. If you take it to a transmission establishment they can diagnose the problem for you on your tranny and it is is a shift solenoid it probably will be around $180.00 or so to change it. It depends though some are less and some are more.

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    Thomas Sullins Dec 19, 2013

    I replace min 3 times in less than 3 years,after trying flushing and repacing fluid and changing from PS fluid to ATF (per owner's manual). Still same problem . Ford stated that I should have used Motorcraft (Ford OEM ) part but will only warranty their own part for 12 months. Stated this was a common problem starting in 1999 when there was a body change in Windstar line.

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