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Old 03 Mar 2019, 02:06 pm
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Default Loud Whining Noise When Cold

In the new to me panel van conversion, 130K miles, I have noticed a loud whining noise on very cold mornings.

The whining noise lasts 5 or more minutes when the temp is below 25 degrees F., until the engine warms up a little.

This morning, when I was reparking to give the wiffie some dry ground to walk on, I noticed that the whine becomes even louder when I turn the wheel left or right.
*So, I'm pretty sure that it's the power steering pump.

Thoughts?
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Old 03 Mar 2019, 02:14 pm
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Could be a clogged screen in the power steering reservoir. Here's my experience:



It's been running fine for four years now.
It's easy to try and a lot cheaper than a new power steering pump.

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Old 03 Mar 2019, 04:46 pm
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Loud whining noise when it's cold...that would be my wife!...which is why we live in Florida!
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Old 03 Mar 2019, 05:31 pm
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Both of my tubocharged PT's did this. Both times, replacing the power steering fluid with ATF+4 tranny fluid fixed it.
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SOONER, it's almost certainly your power steering. At the very least have your system flushed (usally around $100.00). If it was mine i would first add a "CLEANER' additive to system (follow their directions) and then flush it.

There are numerous chemical cleaners to had out there. I can't personally vouch for any of them.

https://www.google.com/search?q=auto...ring+flush+che

Your system, being on a turbo PT, will be structurally different than the one shown in the video above. Your reservoir is part of the steering pump, located on the top of the pump.


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Old 03 Mar 2019, 10:08 pm
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Thanks guys!
Since I'm a DIY guy, I will attempt the multi-step cleaning myself to be sure it isn't the lesser problem.

Why I was concerned was, earlier this fall, something pulled off the power steering tube at the pump.
And I drove 40 miles to my fav dealer to hav eit looked at.
Wondering if running it without fluid may have damaged the pump itself???
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Old 04 Mar 2019, 10:44 am
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And if you don't get it fixed it will
Break the aluminum line at fitting on the pump...
I know...2
I replaced the hose and fluid with ATF 4
But didn't clean the screen...
Worked great for a few weeks ...then the screaming began again...
Then exact same break...
I have everthing to replace...(clean tank new hose)
Except for the weather
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Loud whining noise when it's cold...that would be my wife!...which is why we live in Florida!
It's the joke that never dies!


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Old 05 Mar 2019, 09:06 am
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^^^^^ Kind of like, what do you tell a woman with two black eyes? Nothing. She's already been told twice. Kind of like that, rob? LOL
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Old 05 Mar 2019, 03:02 pm
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I would have said it if you didn't
That would be the whining noise from the passenger side!
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