How to Fix Power Steering Pump Noise

Power Steering Pump NoisePower steering pump noise is one of the most identifiable sounds your car can make when it is broken.  There can be a lot of clunks, squeaks or hums that can indicate a wide variety of other problems, but a whining power steering pump us usually very distinctive.  Once you’ve had the misfortune of dealing with a noisy power steering pump, the sound will no longer be a mystery.

In some rare cases transmissions have been known to make whining sounds also as they have similar pumps and use similar fluids, but since your transmission is much bigger and on the other side of your engine, it is usually pretty easy to tell where the sound is coming from by simply popping your hood and listening for the sound at idle.

In order to figure out how to fix your power steering pump noise, it can be helpful to understand why your power steering pump gets noisy in the first place.  The unique noise your power steering pump makes when something is wrong is due to its specific design.  Your power steering pump is required to take the rotary motion of your engine’s crankshaft and convert it into high pressure fluid that can be used to assist you in turning the heavy wheels of your car.  Your power steering pump does this by attaching a belt and pulley to a rotary vane pump.  A rotary vane pump is actually designed more like a fan than a typical pump.  Inside the pump housing is a rotor with vanes or blades attached to it.  When spinning, these vanes throw the power steering fluid into the outlet hose on the pump creating the high pressure needed for the system.

It is the special design of the vane and rotor that creates the unique whine you hear when your power steering isn’t operating correctly.  The whine is usually created by a problem with the power steering fluid that the pump is trying to move.  The problem can be something as simple as worn out fluid that has lost its additives or physical properties and doesn’t pump well to small air bubbles in the power steering fluid that foam and cause the vanes to vibrate and whine.

If you have power steering pump noise then you most likely have one of these problems.  If you’ve kept up with regular maintenance on your car including changing your power steering fluid as recommended, then the whine is most likely due to air bubbles in your system.  Air can get in your power steering system from a few different sources.  First, you could have air bubbles in your power steering fluid due to a loose low pressure hose.  Since your pump is drawing fluid into the rotor and vanes from the return reservoir at a vacuum, air can also be pulled in if there are any loose hose connections.  This air can be enough to cause the fluid to foam and your pump to whine.

Another possible source of air being introduced into your power steering pump is actually by a lack of power steering fluid.  If there is a lack of fluid in your power steering system the fluid reservoir will get low.  Your power steering pump draws fluid in from that reservoir and if there is a low fluid level it can also draw air in along with it causing the same bubbles and whining sound.  This problem is easy to identify because you will be able to see the low fluid level in your power steering fluid reservoir.

If you have discovered a low level in your power steering fluid reservoir then you have a leak somewhere in your system as that would be the only way power steering fluid could escape.  The seals in your power steering system are either very difficult or impossible to replace due to their location or how they are fitted into your steering rack.  Instead of replacing an entirely good power steering rack because of one leaky seal, use BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak to revive your old seals and stop your leak.  BlueDevil Power Steering Stop leak is easy to use and is guaranteed to seal your power steering leak so you don’t have a low power steering fluid level again!

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80 responses to “How to Fix Power Steering Pump Noise

  1. Hi I have a kia cerato 2009 I have a knocking noise in front end have had suspension checked, flushed out power steering fluid and the noise is still there turning left and right is fine. Could you suggest what we could try next please

    1. Erica,

      Thanks for your question about your Kia. It sounds like you’ve got a loose suspension component based on your description. Our guess would be a bad ball joint, sway bar end link or control arm bushing. Start by reading our article about suspension noise to help you get an idea of where the problem could be: https://gobdp.com/blog/squeaky-suspension/.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

      1. I have a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe v6 3.5 and I just changed the power steering pump and flushed the old power steering fluid from reservoir and drove I and it was soft then all of sudden got hard and when I press gas it would make noise of squeaking even more so I don’t know what to do now and fluid goes up the reservoir from minimum to maximum ?? Any help

        1. Henry-

          Thank you for asking about your Hyundai Santa Fe. Based on your description, it is possible that there is an air pocket trapped in the system. Draining and refilling the power steering fluid would be able to get rid of any kind of air being trapped in the system. If that does not correct the issue, we recommend taking the vehicle to an ASE certified mechanic for a proper diagnosis.

          Thank you!

          -BDP

    2. hi i has a toyota pitbul mini bus from japan 2005 the power stering pump making a noise how to fixed that it a 2.7 liter 4 cylinder 2694cc 2tr-fe engine please reply i cannot get a new pump in guyana where can i get one thank u persaud

      1. Persaud,

        Thanks for your question about your Toyota Pitbul Mini Bus. If your power steering pump is making noise and you can’t get a new one, the best thing to do will be to keep it full of fluid to make sure no further damage occurs. Sometimes power steering pumps can get noise and last for a long time continuing to make that noise.

        Thanks again for your question!
        -BD Auto Pro

  2. If my power steering pump goes out while I’m driving and loses power to the engine now the car won’t start is that possible

    1. Chris,

      Theoretically yes, if your power steering pump seized up and miraculously the belt didn’t break it could stop your engine and keep it from restarting, but it wouldn’t even turn over. Most of the time, if your power steering pump seizes up while driving it would quickly snap the belt allowing your engine to continue to run, but you would lose power steering and possibly some other accessories like your alternator and water pump.

      If your engine stopped running while you were driving, the first thing you would notice is your power steering going away and probably some warning lights on your dashboard like the battery light and brake light. If this is the case, it could be an issue with your ignition, or possibly your fuel pump.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  3. I have a 2007 Honda CRV with 35000 miles on it. The power sterring works perfect. a the fluid is full, but it whines all the time. Will your product stop this?

    1. Julie-

      BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak is specifically made to stop fluid loss. It is not designed to help with whining unless the whine is due to fluid being low from a leak in the system. We recommend having the power steering pump looked at and potentially replaced.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  4. My Power steering pump keeps on breaking after i replace it.
    when i change the pump the car is okay for a few days then the whining sound comes back and steering becomes heavy. could it be the steering rack that keeps breaking the pump?

    thanks.

    1. Kaziem-

      Based on your description, it sounds like you have one of two issues. It could be that your rotary vane pump is not functioning properly. A rotary vane pump is actually designed more like a fan than a typical pump. Inside the pump housing is a rotor with vanes or blades attached to it. When spinning, these vanes throw the power steering fluid into the outlet hose on the pump creating the high pressure needed for the system. It is the special design of the vane and rotor that creates the unique whine you hear when your power steering isn’t operating correctly. The whine is usually created by a problem with the power steering fluid that the pump is trying to move. The problem can be something as simple as worn out fluid that has lost its additives or physical properties and doesn’t pump well to small air bubbles in the power steering fluid that foam and cause the vanes to vibrate and whine.
      We recommend changing the power steering fluid to get rid of any potential air bubbles. If that doesn’t solve the issue, you may want to look into having the rotary vane pump replaced. Feel free to contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 with any other questions.

      Hope this helps!

      -BDP

  5. I have a 1999 Ford winfstar. And it’sbeen leaking out on bottom then stopped leaking from underneath and started leaking from top we fell it up it works for a few miles then leaks out under van again with large amounts what could cause this and could blue devil fix this

    1. Georgianna,

      Thanks for your question about your Ford Winstar. Assuming you have a power steering fluid leak, check to see where the fluid is coming from. If the leak is from a hose, we would recommend replacing that hose. If the leak is coming from the pump or power steering rack, you can use BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak (available here: http://store.gobdp.com/power-steering-stop-leak-00232/) to seal the leak.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  6. i have a 2001 dodge neon it only makes the whining sound when i turn it sounds like it is coming from the power steering pump. is it that ? or is it the transmission? the power steering fluid is a little low but not bad and its really dirty could it be that?

    1. Matt-

      Thank you for asking about your Dodge Neon. Based on your description, it seems the dirty fluid could be causing the whining sound from your power steering pump. We recommend changing the fluid and refilling it to the proper level. If the fluid appears to be low, you may be experiencing a slight power steering fluid leak. We would also recommend using the BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak, found here on our website: http://store.gobdp.com/power-steering-stop-leak-00232/ . You should expect to see results after about 100-200 miles of driving.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  7. My 1999 Honda v6_Honda accord power steering level is good but each morning it has a whining noise and its magnified more when I turn wheel left or right Im pretty sure its the pump from looking at it and listening to where sound is coming from. So what could problem be and how do I fix it??

    1. James,

      Thanks for your question about your Honda Accord. The problem you’re describing could be due to a failing power steering pump, a clog in your power steering system, or simply old power steering fluid. We would recommend starting by getting a power steering fluid flush and seeing if that quiets things down. If that doesn’t do the trick and your steering doesn’t feel stiff or lumpy you most likely can drive your car with this problem either until the pump fails completely, or the clog gets so bad the steering gets difficult.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  8. I have a chevy cruze lt 2014 and i had went to the beach and accidentally went over a parking curb and popped a tire a few days ago, and today a light flashed as i turned on my car that attention to power steering. Then went off once car started, and this high pitched squeal is coming from the right front side of the car. Is this from the power steering or other problem? nd what do i have to do to fix it? Also est. Amount to fix this?

    1. Arianna,

      Thanks for your question about your Chevy Cruze. Your car doesn’t have a hydraulic power steering system, it’s electric so if the light is flashing it may be worth taking your car to a dealership to get that checked out. The squealing noise could be due to some bent suspension components and your tire rubbing on something as your drive, or if you hear it stopped as well it could be an indication that your engine belt is going or an accessory like the alternator is going bad.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  9. Hey I have a 2004 Chevy Silverado z71 5.3 4 wheel drive automatic. My power steering is wining. Fluid is full. When I’m setting still and try to turn it’s very hard to turn I can push the gas and it gets easier to turn. Any ideas on what it could be?

    1. Donald,

      Thanks for your question about your Chevy Silverado. Based on your description of the problem our guess is that either your pump is bad or you’ve got a large clog in your steering rack. Many times clogs can be cleared up by performing a power steering fluid flush, so you may start there. If the flush doesn’t change the steering feel or the whining sound you may move on to changing the pump.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  10. I have a Honda 2008 model the power steering makes a whining sound when I start it when it’s cold but after 5 Min the noise goes away any suggestions as what it could be thank you

    1. Debbie,

      Thanks for your question about your Honda. The noise might go away because the power steering fluid warms up and expands causing the level in your reservoir to rise enough to fill the pump. You can try checking your power steering fluid reservoir for a low fluid level. If you find a low fluid level add BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak (available here: http://store.gobdp.com/power-steering-stop-leak-00232/) and top of your reservoir with the correct amount of fluid.

      If you don’t have a low fluid level you could have whinning because your power steering fluid is old and after it heats up and gets less viscous allowing the pump to quiet down. You could try having a power steering fluid flush performed to see if that is the problem.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  11. Hi. I have a ’02 Ford windstar and had the pwer steering flushed a few months ago due to noise. The noise went away for a while and came back a few weeks ago. I checked the reservoir and noticed that the cap was loose but the fluid level was still good. Is the noise due to trapped air in the system? Thanks!

    1. John-

      Thank you for asking about your Ford Windstar. Based on your description, it sounds like you may have air bubbles trapped in the system. you could have air bubbles in your power steering fluid due to the loose cap you discovered.  Since your pump is drawing fluid into the rotor and vanes from the return reservoir at a vacuum, air can also be pulled in if there are any loose hose connections or a loose cap.  This air can be enough to cause the fluid to foam and your pump to whine. We recommend draining your power steering fluid and then refilling the system. This should get rid of any air trapped in the system.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

      1. Thanks for the quick response! I’ve used your products in the past and every little help to extend the life of a vehicle matters so much to alot of people. Keep it up!

  12. I have a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500. I have had a ticking noise coming from my power steering pump for about a year. I have replace the power steering pump twice….I replace the high pressure hose….and I have flushed the fluid out and replaced with new fluid. Any ideas. Also the noise stops when I turn the wheel to the stop left or right but starts ticking again when I release the steering wheel

    1. Frank,

      Thanks for your question about your Dodge Ram. We have rarely heard of ticking noises coming from power steering pumps so we’re a little stumped. If you’ve changed the pump twice and the noise didn’t change our guess is the sound is coming from somewhere else. The only other component of your power steering system that could be affecting things would be your power gear and it would likely be a big clog. If you’ve already flushed the system, you would probably have to replace the rack, but that is only a possibility. The other possibility is that the noise is coming from somewhere else like the belt or belt tensioner. When your steering is at its stop it would put more load on the pump which would add tension to the belt so it’s possible that another pulley or the belt is causing the noise you’re hearing.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  13. I have a 2009 Nissan Maxima, I have a noise coming from the power steering pump, I just replaced the pump and the high pressure hose due to a leak, but now is making that noise and looks like I still have a minimum leak coming from the bolt that connects the pump and the hose. I try not to drive the car for long periods of time due to the fact and scares me, that the belt can break and make a bigger damages..

    1. Carlos,

      Thanks for your question about your Nissan Maxima. If it is a banjo bolt that is leaking you might consider replacing the washers on either side of the bolt to help stop that leak. If it is a straight bolt you can try adding Teflon tape to the threads, just be careful not to allow the tape to get inside the fitting.

      If you’ve replaced the pump and it’s still noisy it could be an indication that you’ve got a clog in your steering rack so you may also consider flushing the system to try and remove any clogs or debris that may be raising pressure and making your pump noisy. You should also check to ensure the fluid used when the pump was replaced was the factory recommended fluid as the incorrect fluid could make the pump noisy and cause premature wear.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  14. I have a 90 model Chevy square body one ton 4×4. The pump whines all the time. Not hard to turn or anything like that. Just constantly whines. Fluid level full, no leaks.

    1. Dale,

      Thanks for your question about your 1990 Chevy truck. The problem you’re describing could simply be a product of old age and maybe some flow restriction in your system but if it works properly, you may be able to continue to use your truck safely. You could try a fluid flush to remove any impurities and make sure the fluid is lubricating the system properly, but even that may no quiet things down.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  15. I’ve replaced my power steering pump 3 times and it’s still making the winning noise. The fluid is full. Is it possible that it could be something else that is making the noise?

    1. Korissa,

      Thanks for your question about your power steering system. If you’ve replaced your pump multiple times already then the problem is probably a clog in your system. You could try performing a fluid flush to remove the clog and get the whine to go away. Depending on the age and what type of vehicle you have, you may just have a noisy power steering pump even though everything else is working properly.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  16. Hi
    I have an 2007 Infiniti M45 , my front 2 tires needed top be replaced so i stopped at a used tire shop and bought a couple until the ones i ordered on line came in. After putting 2 tires on at the shop , i’ve noticed the noise from power steering and other day found the power steering reservoir foaming , causing the reservoir to look almost full. I also felt some power steering fluid on the bottom of the engine. Can you tell me what could that tire shop could have damaged from changing the tires using the hydraulic tire jacks on both sides of the front of the car at the same time and whether blue devil will possibly address this problem i have?

    1. Newman-

      Thank you for asking about your Infiniti M45. You could have air bubbles in your power steering fluid due to a loose low pressure hose.  Since your pump is drawing fluid into the rotor and vanes from the return reservoir at a vacuum, air can also be pulled in if there are any loose hose connections.  This air can be enough to cause the fluid to foam and your pump to whine. We recommend simply draining the fluid and refilling the power steering reservoir. This should get rid of any air bubbles trapped in the system. If the problem persists, you may want to bring the vehicle in to a certified ASE mechanic for a proper diagnosis.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  17. I have a 2008 impala SS. And it’s whining, the steering is fine and my fluid levels are also fine. What could be causing the whine sound. I had the hose replaced last year. I thought that would take care of the noise and I replaced the pump three times and get the same noise every time. Down side is I didn’t go to the dealership or shop to get the pump installed, I went to an alley mechanic. Is it possible that there was a step he missed that wasn’t possible for an alley mechanic!

    1. Joshua-

      Thank you for asking about your Chevy Impala. If you’ve kept up with regular maintenance on your car including changing your power steering fluid as recommended, then the whine is most likely due to air bubbles in your system.  Air can get in your power steering system from a few different sources.  First, you could have air bubbles in your power steering fluid due to a loose low pressure hose.  Since your pump is drawing fluid into the rotor and vanes from the return reservoir at a vacuum, air can also be pulled in if there are any loose hose connections. We recommend checking the hose connections. If they seem to be fine, you may want to bring the vehicle to the dealership for a proper diagnosis.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  18. Hi I have a 97 chevy blazer when we go to start it up it has trouble turning over. After adding gas under the hood it will start. We have recently been hearing the power steering whining could the problem with it not starting without the gas be caused by a problem with the power steering?

    1. Starr-Ella-

      Thank you for asking about your Chevy Blazer. No, the power steering system would not have any affect on the vehicle starting or not starting. Based on your description, we recommend taking the vehicle to a certified ASE mechanic for a proper diagnosis.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  19. hello
    my steerring wheel just went stiff and the oil keeps on going dry,,, how can i fix my steerring wheel go back to normal not to be stiff anymore

    1. Jason,

      Thanks for your question about your MDX. With your engine idling and warmed up, try removing the power steering fluid reservoir cap and checking the condition of the fluid. If you’ve got bubbles or foam in the fluid, it may be an indication that your system is low on fluid, or that you’ve got a low side leak allowing air to be drawn in and entrained in your power steering fluid. A low fluid level or air in your power steering fluid can cause the whining sound you’re describing. Depending on how long it’s been since you changed to o-ring, you may also simply have air trapped in your system due to the maintenance and it will slowly come out as your drive.

      If you don’t believe you have any air in the system and your sure things are topped off, the whining you are hearing could be an indication that your power steering pump is starting to wear out and will need to be replaced soon.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  20. hi’i have a Chevy impala Lt just put new power steering pump on. i know pump was bad cause couldn’t keep fluid in it and made loud noise when you turn steering especially. but still have noise but only when rpm’s is up noise don’t change when turning wheel. got any thoughts?

    1. Glen,

      Thanks for your question about your Chevy Impala. Based on your description, the noise you’re hearing could be due to air trapped in the system or a clog from wear products from your old pump. First, whenever you’re installing a new power steering pump, it’s possible for air to get trapped in the lines causing noise. You can try lifting the front end of your car off the ground and turning the steering wheel from lock to lock multiple times with your car off add fluid as air comes out. Then do the same thing with the engine idling to remove all the air from the system.

      Also, as your old pump was wearing out, it could have left deposits in your power steering rack that would increase the pressure and cause even your new pump to whine. You can try flushing your system to remove these deposits and quiet things down. Lastly, you may check your engine belt to make sure it is providing the proper tension on the power steering pump as improper tension could cause noise as well.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  21. I am getting noise from front when I am driving it’s weird noise as well what is this problem looks like ? It’s with Nissan Maxima

    1. Leena-

      Thank you for asking about your Nissan Maxima. What kind of noise are you hearing? Is it a whining sound or is it another kind of noise. Please contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 so that we can get a better understanding of the vehicle’s symptoms and be able to make any appropriate recommendations.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  22. I had change my power steering pump and the pressure hose of my ford escape 2006. after few days it star make a weird sound and lots of bubbles coming from the reservoir it came to the point that the fluid is coming out to the reservoir because of the bubbles. can you please advice me. Thank you

    1. Arvin-

      Thank you for asking about your Ford Escape. The whine you are hearing is usually created by a problem with the power steering fluid that the pump is trying to move.  The problem can be something as simple as worn out fluid that has lost its additives or physical properties and doesn’t pump well to small air bubbles in the power steering fluid that foam and cause the vanes to vibrate and whine. We recommend changing your power steering fluid and refilling it with fresh, clean power steering fluid.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  23. I have a 2009 impala when it is cold out the power steering pump won’t stop whining, it whines all day long, fluid level is full and belt is new, how or what do I do to stop this whining. Thanks

    1. Gregory-

      Thank you for asking about your Chevy Impala. The whine sound you are hearing is usually created by a problem with the power steering fluid that the pump is trying to move.  The problem can be something as simple as worn out fluid that has lost its additives or physical properties and doesn’t pump well to small air bubbles in the power steering fluid that foam and cause the vanes to vibrate and whine. We recommend draining your power steering fluid and refilling it with new fluid.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  24. My power steering is full. It’s really hard to turn the wheel, and it’s making a whine sound and clunking sound. I have a 2005 Grand Prix GT.

    1. Tyler-

      Thank you for asking about your Pontiac Grand Prix GT. The whine sound you hear is usually created by a problem with the power steering fluid that the pump is trying to move.  The problem can be something as simple as worn out fluid that has lost its additives or physical properties and doesn’t pump well to small air bubbles in the power steering fluid that foam and cause the vanes to vibrate and whine. We recommend draining your power steering fluid and refilling it with new fluid.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  25. I have a 2002 BMW 325XI. Steering was stiff so i flushed out the older oil and replaced it with a new oil. But now i am hearing the whining sound every time i make a turn at slow speed. After adding the oil, the color of the oil has changed to Brown.
    Can you please help me with the problem.

    Thanks,
    Vishu

    1. Vishu,

      Thanks for your question about your 2002 BMW 325xi. If you just emptied your power steering fluid reservoir and added new fluid there it’s not surprising the fluid is brown again as there is still a lot of old fluid in your system in the lines, rack, and cooler. If you did a full system flush removing all the old fluid and the new fluid is brown already it could be an indication that your power steering pump is failing which would also account for the whining you’re hearing. You could try removing the belt and turning the pump pulley by hand to check for play or roughness which would indicate the bearings are failing in the pump.

      If the pump seems to be in good condition then the problem could simply be air in your system which should work its way out over time.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  26. I have a 2003 PT cruiser on cold starts the power steering pump whines and there is bubbles in the fluid but I has the fluid it warms up the whine goes away but also when you first started on a cold start at wines and fluid come out the top of the reservoir. There is no leaks I have changed all the fluid the owners manual says it takes ATF +4 so any thoughts of what might be going on????

    1. Curtis-

      Thank you for asking about your Chrysler PT Cruiser. The whine sound you are referring to is usually created by a problem with the power steering fluid that the pump is trying to move.  The problem can be something as simple as worn out fluid that has lost its additives or physical properties and doesn’t pump well to small air bubbles in the power steering fluid that foam and cause the vanes to vibrate and whine. We recommend draining your power steering fluid and refilling it with new fluid.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  27. I have a peugeot 306 and when in turning tightly (i.e into a parking bay) there is a clunking noise. In turn this can cause the car to drift and it takes a bit of correction. What is the problem here please?

  28. I have a Honda accord 2005. I have changed the power steering pump 2 times within a very short period. Car drives very fine in the morning without a whining noise but after driving for about 20 minutes, it starts to make a very loud whining noise and hard to turn either left or right when am still but not hard to turn when i press the gas pedal.

  29. I have a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT, it squeals like a sumbitch, but only until it warms up. Serpentine belt is pretty much brand new, replaced the tensioner pulley, all other pulleys were good. Turned it over and still squeals very loudly, should I just give up and replace power steering pump? It is an embarrassing factor, I hate starting my car because I know something’s gonna squeel

  30. I have a 1997 Honda Civic and my power steering went out. I put some more fluid in it and it worked for a couple days. Then I waited about 2 weeks to fix it again and then I put power steering sealant in it. Now, my car makes noises every time I turn the wheel. Also, when I start it up in the morning, she makes a very weird sound. I first thought it had to be lubricated because it has been about 2 weeks but now I know that is probably not the problem.

  31. I have a 2007 Ford Focus I had the power steering pressure hose replaced, power steering pump, now its leaking fluid after the power steering pressure hose was replaced I had the fluid flush and it’s still making noise. The mechanic said the power steering pump need to be replaced because maybe the pump is overworked and has aa bad seal. I had the pump replaced in December 2016 and the power steering pressure hose was replaced in January 2017. Please help

    1. Lillie-

      Thank you for asking about your Ford Focus. It is very strange that you started losing fluid after the power steering pressure hose was replaced. It is possible that the hose wasn’t connected properly and just needs to be adjusted to stop the loss of fluid. We recommend bringing the vehicle back to the shop that did the work. They should be able to pinpoint the issue and get you and your vehicle back on the road.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  32. Can you use BlueDevil fluid to aid in diagnostics? i recently had a power steering gear box replaced in my chevy express van, it was said by a questionably competent mechanic that the gear box was pouring fluid. I had no symptoms of power steering failure or any kind of whine. After the repair however, the pump began to whine, but is holding the proper amount of fluid. Is it okay to add the stop leak fluid if there is not a known leak? Could the fact that the whine started immediately after the repair indicate bad service?

    1. Fred-

      Unfortunately, the BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak can not be used as a diagnostics aide. The whine sound you are hearing could indicate that there are air pockets trapped in the system. Try draining and refilling the system with fresh power steering fluid and see if that corrects the problem. If not, you may want to go back to the shop for a proper diagnosis.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  33. every time I turn my heater on full blast it starts squealing then I lose my powering and I have restart the car then its fine but the noise does it every time I turn and its very loud, I just changed my water pump and serptine belt

    1. Dominique-

      Based on your description, we recommend checking the power steering reservoir to make sure the fluid is topped off to the proper level. If not, we recommend using the BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak (http://store.gobdp.com/power-steering-stop-leak-00232/) to help stop the loss of power steering fluid.
      If the system appears to be topped off to the proper level, you may want to try draining the power steering fluid and refilling it with fresh fluid. Dirty fluid or an air pocket in the system would explain the whining sound you may be hearing, and changing the fluid would correct that issue.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  34. My steering wheel seizes up and makes a hissing type sound when I am driving at slow speeds (like in parking lots). Do you think this is from the power steering pump? 2004 Chevy Impala

  35. @000 Honda coupe v6.Whining sound at idle which increases when turning steering wheel right or left.Sounds like from belt on left side of engine.

    1. George-

      Thank you for asking about your Honda. Is the power steering fluid topped off to the proper level? If not, we recommend using the BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak (http://store.gobdp.com/power-steering-stop-leak-00232/) to combat your fluid loss. If the system appears to be at the proper level, the fluid may be dirty or may contain an air pocket in the system, for which we recommend draining and refilling the system with clean power steering fluid.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

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