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Power steering replacement possible, due to high pitch noise when steering vehicle

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Low fluid due to a leaking steering rack..

Posted on Feb 12, 2010

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Or just check the power steering fluid. It might be low or leaking.
PS read in your owners manual to see what type to use like dot-3 on newer vehicles. Or go to any auto parts store and have them help you find the right fluid it's really cheap and it sounds like this is the problem.

Posted on Feb 06, 2010

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Yep those vans are know for their steering pump problems...time for a new one

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