Power Steering

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My power steering started making noise today. So I had me mechanic fill the power steering holder. I saw that him filled that to the too. When I arrived home just 4 miles from home and the power steering holder was empty. The mechanic told not to fill the holder anymore.

What would it hurt to do a refill?


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You better fix that leak or you'll be replacing a few things.
 

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Why do I see this when using Tapatalk?
 

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There is no harm in keeping the reservoir full. Even if "over-filled" or filled with not the exact specified fluid, there is less risk than running it with fluid level way too low.
 

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That is what I thought. Weird that I was advised not to refill. Unless my mechanic was thinking the fluid would drain o to the ground. Him said older fluid would be ok. Transmission fluid can also be used but, I would rather use power steering fluid.
What I wad thinking after him filled the tank the fluid all headed to the pump and stayed there till I did a refill. Like motor oil that is changed to vehicle is started after the new oil is put back in to see if more needs to be added.

Also after the fluid was filled the power steering made the same noise.
 

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Want a guess? He put in some kind of Magic Fix fluid and doesn't want the "experiment" to be diluted by you adding any more or different fluid. Most likely the noise will not permanently go away until the root cause is found and corrected.
 

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Looked like a regular bottle of steering fluid. I want hum back and asked if I could fill the fluid to get me up to his repair station. Him said yes. Like I wrote I am close to that location. I have f turns total in all. All left hand turns.

When I started the vehicle today not to drive anywhere but, just to start it I could hear the sound with out even Turin if the steering wheel.

The front tyres are pointed like at a 15 to 20 degree angle. I am guessing that is why.


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"The front tyres are pointed like at a 15 to 20 degree angle. I am guessing that is why."

Clarify that. Are you saying the front wheels are not parallel, both pointing in the same direction, at any point in the steering range?

Posting pictures may help us understand better.

What did the guy at the shop have to say about the hum? Did he even bother to listen to it? Also, telling us what make/model/year this beast is can't hurt any...
 

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It's hydraulic fluid. Get a cheap gallon of ATF and use it.

Purchased three 12 ounce bottles of Prestone power steering fluid. That will fill the tank.


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Sounded like you have a high pressure leak and it pumps it dry in short order. Do I have that wrong?
 

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You are right. Was repaired today. Installed Power Steering High Pressure Switch.

There is still a slight vibration when turning. My mechanic said that will go away. Air in the line.


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Here s something weird. I wrote thst when I arrived home from my mechanic a few days ago thst the power steering tank was completely empty.

Well after purchasing those power steering fluids before I started the car today I looked and the power steering tank was full without me adding any more fluid.

Maybe that is why my mechanic said not to add anymore.

How could the power steering fill itself?


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It is not that it fills itself when running, the pump pressures the lines. If there is still air in the system when the pump shuts off pressure of the air in the system forces the fluid back to the reservoir
 
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