Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: San Diego, CA
Drives: 1999 Taurus SE
Rep Power: 0
A case for the magical vanishing -- and subsequently reappearing -- steering fluid!
Yesterday I did a bit of driving around. When I arrived at one of my destinations I noticed my power steering pump was making a whine. I opened the cap and noticed the fluid was just to the bottom of the reservoir tube, but still lubricating the pump. With a few more stops to make I continued on. By the end of my last stop the pump was groaning and steering was difficult -- it had run very low on fluid.
I got home, filled it back to it's normal level and drove again, only to find my engine smoking when I stopped again. Somehow now the pump had found that lost fluid and belched the fluid I had just added all over the motor. The reservoir tube was now filled to the top with fluid.
What the hell is going on?
1999 Vulcan SE