I need some liquid for my van,when i steer when parking my van makes a noise, a bottle is empty but i dont know what liquid to put in it,
i drive a p reg peugoet expert van when you open the bonnet and look in the bottle is on the left, i dont know if it is brake fluid, power steering, transmission. help
i drive a p reg peugeot expert van
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Re: i need some liquid to stop my van making noises
It's not the transmission, because you wouldn't see the space that the transmission fluid fills, and it's doubtful that it's the brake fluid, the brakes will act up all the time (stop lights, etc) if that were the case, so it must be the powersteering fluid. If your car is sort of a pain to steer around corners, the slower you go, the harder it is to move the wheel to turn, and you hear a sort of whiney noise when you get into a deep turn, or are turning slowly, that would for sure be powersteering.
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failing alternators are famous for noise. Does it change pitch when you turn on a bunch of accessories, or turn the steering wheel? Could also be either water pump or power steering. The are the three most common culprits. Check your fluid level in the power steering. Usually if power steering the noise will change when you turn the wheel. Listening under the hood may help you to determine area noise is coming from more clearly.
Please elaborate. Does it happen when stopped and turning the steering wheel, at certain speeds or both?
Does yours have power steering? That was an option for 1990.
First thing that comes to mind is the power steering pump or just low on fluid. Check the fluid level first. Not necessarily in danger of imminent failure but if yours has never been replaced it would be a good idea to get a new one for peace of mind.
One way to check it is to go to drive into a big empty parking lot, turn off the engine (don't turn the key too far as to lock the steering) and make some of the same kinds of turns that typically makes the noise happen. If it still makes the same noise it's NOT the power steering pump and I'm at a loss without more details. If it doesn't whine, then it still could be something with the power steering. With the car running and parked have someone turn the steering wheel back and forth and listen for it under the hood and you should be able to find the source. If you don't know where the power steering pump is I'd suggest getting a service manual. I recommend one from Haynes.
I'm not sure of what sound it could be making. However, keeping it simple and attempting to answer the question as asked: Check the power steering fluid first. If it's low, add power steering fluid approved for your vehicle to the proper level. Never use transmission fluid as it aerates (like shaking a bottle of dish detergent) and doesn't provide the proper protection. Your van is equipped with a filter in the power steering system.
If the power steering reservoir is at an appropriate level. I would have the front brakes inspected, and/or the Constant Velocity joints inspected, depending the type of noise.
quite often ford steering pumps make noise, but if it is hard to steer, the fluid is probably low. First check underneath to see if there is a puddle, if there is then find and fix the leak. next, start it and get it to normal op. temp., while idling, pull the pump plug/ dipstick, check the level, add fluid if necessary. Steer the wheels back and forth a time or two, then check the level again. Double check underneath, visually inspect for puddles/wet spots. does the problem change after these steps? Theres not likely any water in it, therefore freezing isn't likely. Hope this helps.