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Power steering pump noise and the reservorio oil is boiling

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    I hear a noise coming from the engine and mainly when i turn the steering wheel. The steering wheel is also slightly stiff when I turn the wheel while the car is standing still.

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Never, never turn the steering wheel while the vehicle is still. It puts too much pressure on the mechanical parts and tires. Always get the car on a slight roll.
Jim sez so. Bangin' on old cars since 1957.

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You should check the powersteering fluid level. if its low that could happen. if its low you really need to fill it up.

Posted on Oct 15, 2008

Recently i have the same problem. And I think you will need a new P/S pump. Thinks its the bearing inside collaps

Posted on Oct 08, 2008

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