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Very loud growling noise seems to be power steering but it still has fluid in it

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The power steering pump may still be going bad even though it has fluid. If there was no fluid, it would just mean a leak. Pop the hood and get someone to turn the wheel back and forth while you listen directly to the power steering pump. It should not be making any noises at all. If it, Please have it serviced A.S.P. as it can be very dangerous if it goes out on you at an in-opportune time.

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