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> Hard Turn, Whirring Noise
post Feb 11 2007, 06:56 PM
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Today I made a sharp, 180 degree turn, and my car began making a funny noise. The best I can describe is that it was a very loud whirring noise that got louder when I turned one way or another. I went to a parking lot and drove in some smaller circles, and then it got really loud, even when the car wasn't in motion and just idling.

So I looked under the hood. Seems the power steering fluid was low, so I put in about 2/3 of a small bottle, say 9 oz.

No more noise, nothing.

Would low powering steering fluid result in a loud noise like this? Why did it start after a hard turn? And will there be any residual damage?

And tomorrow, I am going to chew out the service manager at the local Volvo shop. I just had my car in there, and paid $40.00 for an oil change, during the course of which they should have checked fluids. (As soon as I pulled out of the mechanic that day, the windshield washer fluid ran out; I also had the wheels rotated, and they didn't adjust or check the tire pressure).
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post Feb 12 2007, 09:31 AM
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You did the right thing, if there is no fluid in the system the pump will take in air and lose it's differential pressure, you should have felt stiffness in the steering.

Please check if there is a leak in the system, check the low pressure hose clamp, I had to replace the factory clamp with an aftermarket clamp as the clamp gives way after a while. This could be a cause of your leak too.

There shouldn't be any residual damage.
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post Feb 12 2007, 12:46 PM
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Wow, I just took my car into the shop for the exact same problem and they called me a few minutes ago and gave me the exact same explanation for the noise. They found a leak in my power steering fluid hose and I also was very low on power steering fluid. They are recommending a complete flush of the fluid (cost $115).

I got my 2003 S60 new in Feb 2003. I'm a little ticked because shortly after I got the car, I took it back to the dealer because it made that same noise on a couple of sharp left hand turns on downhill slopes. They said that they could not recreate the noise and did nothing for it. It was not until I started parking in a parking garage 2 years ago with very sharp turns that the noise started to occur more consistently. The last couple of weeks, it got so bad, I could no longer ignor it. (We have new tenants in our building and the garage is so full now that I usually have to park on the 8th or 9th level; with 4 tight turns per level, I was making as many as 72 tight turns per day!) In addition, I felt my steering wheel stiffen up. So the power steering explanation makes complete sense to me.
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post Feb 15 2007, 09:42 PM
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Same thing happened to mine. The hose had come loose, and the steering fluid was leaking.

The Volvo people took it out ALL day and could not recreate the noise. The mechanic just happened to open the hood and see that the tube had broken.

Cost me about 100 bucks.
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