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How/where can I add power steering fluid to 2002 Grand Prix? There is a whining sound when I turn the steering wheel. Seems like it is mostly when the car is colder, before it warms up. I've looked but cannot find a reservoir. I assume that is the problem.

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The power steering pump has totally gone bad for there to be a whirling sound.

Let an expert take a look.

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