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Power steering stopped, fluid level full, no visible leaks, after it failed heard loud whining noise, stopped engine, restarted several times then whining noise went away, power still not working but can manually turn wheels but very hard it is ram 1500, 2004, quad-cab v/8

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  • daddy326 Aug 17, 2008

    Power steering whining and hard to steer only when warm is this a sign of the pump going out

  • drewleone Dec 16, 2008

    i was in 4 wheel drive, when i went back into 2 i could not turn with the assist of the power steering...HELP

  • imnotjohngal
    imnotjohngal Dec 16, 2008

    Power steering works
    Loud whine on startup (air lock ??)
    Checking leaky reservoir, dirty wet all over it (but fluid level seems to be o.k.)!
    I just got vehicle, 300k, all new to me.


  • Anonymous Dec 23, 2008

    no power steering, heard whinding yesterday when i started it up, noticed fluid on ground and engine. also noticed leak on right steering boot...it was -38 c for the last week.

  • stacy97 Jan 01, 2009

    Lost power steering abruptly on trip. Driving on highway...no noise. Pulled over and popped hood to find the power steering line had come loose and the resevoir was bone dry. :( I have a dodge ram 2006. Someone helped tighten line and filled with transmission fluid. Anyone else have this type of problem?

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I have a 2009 Buick Lacrosse. After a year of driving with no issues, it has a very loud whining noise every time I crank it and never stops until I turn off engine. Does it in drive and park and at all...


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To start with my power steering pump was making a little noise and also had bubbles in the resevoir so i put a new power steering pump on it.not a rebuilt one. when i started it up i still have the bubbles...


Section 11-00: Steering System-Service 1999 Taurus, Sable Workshop Manual SERVICE PROCEDURES Purging Power Steering System of Air NOTE: If the air is not purged from the power steering system correctly, a second customer concern or pump failure could result. This condition can only occur on pre-delivery vehicles with evidence of aerated fluid or vehicles that have had steering component repair.

A whine noise heard from the power steering pump may be caused by air in the system. The following procedure must be performed whenever any of the following are performed:
  • All power steering noise complaints with evidence of aerated fluid on pre-delivery vehicles only, prior to any component repair.
  • After any power steering system component (for example, gear or hose) has been replaced and the noise is heard.
Fluid Level Top-Off Procedure
  1. Check and fill pump reservoir to dipstick full cold or remote reservoir center mark.
  1. Disable ignition by removing Fuse 10 in the fuse junction panel.
  1. Crank engine 30 seconds, check fluid level and add if required.
  1. NOTE: Do not hold steering wheel on stops.

    Crank engine 30 seconds while cycling the steering wheel lock to lock.
  1. Check fluid level and add fluid if required.
Air Purge with Vacuum External Source Procedure - 3.0L (2V) Engine, Flex Fuel and 3.4L SHO Engine
  1. Tightly insert the rubber stopper of the air evacuator assembly into pump reservoir.
  1. Reinstall Fuse 10 used to disable ignition and start vehicle.
  1. Apply 20-25 in-Hg (85-88 kPa) maximum vacuum for minimum of three minutes at idle; maintain maximum vacuum with vacuum source.
  1. Release vacuum and remove vacuum source.
  1. Add fluid to full warm or reservoir center mark.
  1. Reinstall vacuum source and apply 20-25 in-Hg (85-88 kPa) vacuum.
  1. NOTE: Do not hold steering wheel on stops.

    Cycle steering wheel from lock to lock every 30 seconds for approximately 5 minutes.
  1. Shut engine off, release vacuum and remove vacuum source.
  1. Add Motorcraft MERCON Multi-Purpose (ATF) Transmission Fluid if necessary and install dipstick or reservoir cap.
  1. NOTE: Do not hold steering wheel on stops.

    Start engine and cycle steering wheel from lock to lock every 30 seconds for approximately 5 minutes.
  1. Check for oil leaks at all connections.
  1. In severe cases it may be necessary to repeat air purge with vacuum source procedure.
Air Purge with Vacuum External Source Procedure - 3.0L (2V) and 3.0L (4V)
  1. Add Motorcraft MERCON® Multi-purpose (ATF) Transmission Fluid XT-2-QDX or MERCON® equivalent to approximately 2.5 cm (1 in) (make a mark) above the top of the supply line.
  1. Tightly insert the rubber stopper of the air evacuator assembly into the pump reservoir.
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  1. Add Motorcraft MERCON® Multi-purpose (ATF) Transmission Fluid XT-2-QDX or MERCON® equivalent until the level is at the marked point.
  1. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until the fluid level stabilizes.
  1. Check reservoir level and add Motorcraft MERCON® Multi-purpose (ATF) Transmission Fluid XT-2-QDX or MERCON® equivalent to the FULL WARM (MAX) mark.
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Observe the following:
Use clean, new power steering fluid type only Hoses touching the frame, body or engine may cause system noise. Verify that the hoses do not touch any other part of the vehicle. Loose connections may not leak, but could allow air into the steering system. Verify that all hose connections are tight.


NOTE Power steering fluid level must be maintained throughout bleed procedure.

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  2. If equipped with hydro-boost, fully charge the hydro-boost accumulator using the following procedure:
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    2. Firmly apply the brake pedal 10-15 times.
    3. Turn the engine OFF

  3. Raise the vehicle until the front wheels are off the ground.
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  5. Verify power steering fluid level per operating specification.
  6. Start the engine. Rotate steering wheel from left to right. Check for sign of cavitation or fluid aeration (pump noise/whining).
  7. Verify the fluid level. Repeat the bleed procedure if necessary.

Observe the following:



Use clean, new power steering fluid type only Hoses touching the frame, body or engine may cause system noise. Verify that the hoses do not touch any other part of the vehicle. Loose connections may not leak, but could allow air into the steering system. Verify that all hose connections are tight.
NOTE Power steering fluid level must be maintained throughout bleed procedure.
  1. Fill pump reservoir with fluid to minimum system level, FULL COLD level, or middle of hash mark on cap stick fluid level indicator.
    NOTE With hydro-boost only, the oil level will appear falsely high if the hydro-boost accumulator is not fully charged. Do not apply the brake pedal with the engine OFF . This will discharge the hydro-boost accumulator.
  2. If equipped with hydro-boost, fully charge the hydro-boost accumulator using the following procedure:
    1. Start the engine.
    2. Firmly apply the brake pedal 10-15 times.
    3. Turn the engine OFF

  3. Raise the vehicle until the front wheels are off the ground.
  4. With key in the ON position and the engine OFF , turn the steering wheel from stop to stop 12 times. Vehicles equipped with hydro-boost systems or longer length power steering hoses may require turns up to 15 to 20 stop to stops.
  5. Verify power steering fluid level per operating specification.
  6. Start the engine. Rotate steering wheel from left to right. Check for sign of cavitation or fluid aeration (pump noise/whining).
  7. Verify the fluid level. Repeat the bleed procedure if necessary.

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Power steering is noisy


Often, noise in the power steering is the result of air trapped in the system. It can also come from contaminated or worn out fluid. If the fluid level in the power steering reservoir is low, the pump will tend to whine and/or chatter. First, check the fluid level. If it is low, there is a leak somewhere. Keep the fluid level up if you must drive it, or the power steering pump will be destroyed. Once you have determined there are no leaks, or repaired any leaks you have have found, the best solution is to remove as much fluid from the system as possible, and then refill it with fresh, clean fluid. There is a product called Lucas power steering stop leak (or somesuch) which is excellent for quieting power steering components and extending their life. Use 1/2qt to 1 qt of regular fluid first, and then the whole bottle of Lucas when refilling. Top off with regular fluid as needed. Be sure to check the fluid level again after letting the engine idle and turning the wheels back and forth several times, as some air will be purged from the system and the level may go down substantially.

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