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Old 03-28-2004, 02:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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When i am driving and am braking hard around a corener the steering makes a whining noise and gives a little resistance . then it goes away in 10 min of drivng .. any help with what it could be
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Check the power steering oil level. Or, I do not hope for you, a malfunction of the p. steering unit
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the level is alittle low but nothing horrible what kind of fluid should i get
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The fluid you should get is an ATF power steering oil(e.g. Shell DexronII). This is normally available at any filling station..... Another possibility for the whining noise you hear, is a slack belt. Inspect this belt at tighten force, or install a new one...

The last thing you can do is to de-air (right word????) the oil pump. Carry out the next points:
- Fill the hydraulic circuit (engine off) untill the 'MAX' sign (at level stick)
- Start the engine
- Turn the steering wheel twice from left to right and untill the ends
- Check the fluid level again (with engine off) When you have to fill again, there was some air in the system!

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May be a really stupied question I have the same issue on a Compact 318ti could some one please advise me where I can locate the power steering oil container

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May be a really stupied question I have the same issue on a Compact 318ti could some one please advise me where I can locate the power steering oil container

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It sits about 40cm under the air intake manifold on the right side of the engine block. It is pretty tough to reach ( I could smack the engineer who came up with that design )



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Also check your drive belts. I had a whine in my steering when I would turn the wheel all the way at low speeds. This may be the forebearer of the noise that i was hearing. Worth a look any way while your under the hood.
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a little fluid fixed it right up thanx guys
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