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Power Steering pump appears to be leaking but is full????

2000 Buick Lesabre Custom, high miles. Fluid on hoses below power steering pump reservoir and some on ground. Reservior appears full when checked. Fluid is dark. Whining while driving, seems to go away once shifts into fourth gear (automatic). Starting to feel occasional vibration or shudder for one to two seconds at a time while driving at 20+ mph. Is it the power steering pump?

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  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    power steering reservoir is full. on this engine it is a direct drive power steering unit (no serpentine belt on it), it must run right off the top camshaft of the engine? Im getting a crunchy/grinding feel when turning extreme left. You can feel it thru steering wheel. There are no obvious fluid leaks anywhere. Would this be a rack and pinion issue?

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    The power steering starts working again a short time later.

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    power steering pump & steering gear have been replaced, fluid been flushed

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    line leaking on bottom of power steering pump. will not tighten

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Just guessing. Could it be a warped brake disk? That would cause vibration. And vibration in steering might conceivably cause splashing out the power steering reservoir. You would know if the disk were warped by a shudder when you brake at hight speeds.

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