Steering Noise

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Old 10-17-08, 10:50 AM
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Steering Noise

I have a 1996 Buick LeSabre. When you turn the steering wheel it causes a whining sound. It happens both when the car is being driven and when it is sitting still. I have had this happen in other cars I've owned and it turned out that the power steering fluid was low. I'm thinking maybe that's the problem with this car but I can't find the power steering reservoir to check it. It may not be this at all. Can someone give me any idea as to what the problem may be? I appreciate your help. Kathy
 
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Old 10-17-08, 11:43 AM
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Power steering pump/fluid level would be a pretty good guess. I would start with the fluid level. Then the belt tension. Then the pump itself.

You can find the pump (with its reservoir for checking fluid level) and how to work on it if needed at this link:

http://www.autozone.com/shopping/rep...00c152800b2128
 
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Old 10-17-08, 12:13 PM
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Steering Noise

I appreciate the help. I know this is going to sound crazy, but I cannot locate the power steering pump. I got a pretty good idea of it's location from the autozone site, but I just don't see it. I see the brake fluid reservoir, the alternator, I even removed a cover that was over the spark plug wires thinking maybe it was under that cover but no luck. I guess I will have to take it to a shop and ask them to show me where it is located. Kathy
 
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Old 10-17-08, 02:17 PM
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From the owner's manual:

The power steering fluid reservoir is located below the
alternator and behind the accessory drive belt on the
driverís side toward the rear of the engine.

Have you tried "burping" it?

Engine on - in park - turn steering wheel fully to the right and hold a few seconds. Then turn it to the left until it is at full lock. Repeat.
 
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