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Old 10-31-2004, 05:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have siphoned out and filled the power steering unit with Mercon V each year for the past 3 years. Makes a noise only when turning to the right. Difficult to describe. Not a squeak. Not a groan. Even if I turn left, as soon as I start to move the wheel back right, it makes the noise. Kinda sounds like the noise of a belt turning something. My belt is fine. Power steering unit going out? The rack? Any thoughts?
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Old 10-31-2004, 07:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Put your front end up on jack stands, start engine, and turn steering wheel several times lock to lock. This will ensure that all air is purged from the system. See if the sound changes, when there is no load on the system. This should help you assess the problem better. Also, check out your belt tensioner. Sounds like your preventive maintenance program has been good. Make sure and use either Mobil 1 synthetic ATF or Amsoil synthetic ATF fluid in your power steering unit. These units build up more heat then most people realize; hence, they come with coolers. You might want to completely flush the system, before taking more radical steps. If this doesn't help, the pump is probably failing under load.
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Old 10-31-2004, 02:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This might be the same problem that I had and the Ford dealer showed me how to fix it. It's very simple and happened on my 00 and 01 Taurus. In the interior by the floor, the steering column shaft has a black plastic end that travels thru a white plastic collar. The collar didn't have enough lubrication and made a wierd noise sometimes when I turned. Spraying some silicon spray in there solved it. Hope this is the same problem. For me, it was an easy fix.
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Old 10-31-2004, 03:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Good point. I had sprayed silcone up there about 1.5 years ago. It was making a noise. Can't remember what type of noise it was making. I'll try that first.
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Old 11-01-2004, 07:33 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I want to confirm what DuraSEL01 said. I too had a groan when turning the wheel. It was mostly when I first pulled out of my garage in the morning. I have to turn 90 degress upon leaving my garage. Someone on this board said to lube the rubber boot where the steering column goes through the firwall under the steering wheel. I sprayed some WD 40 like stuff there and.... gone. No noise. I then put some heavier oil on. Like 3 in 1. Rubbed it all around that boot.

Haven't had any noise since. Try that 1st. It's cheap and easy. If the noise is still present then go to plan B.
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I had that same problem, and it was the black rubber boot. Make sure it isn't smashed in a bit. Your big feet can do that... use lithium grease and goober it on the back side--good to go!
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Just wanted to send kudos to you folks. I was having the same "noise" problem and I liberally applied WD 40 to the collar around the boot and that solved the problem. Thanks for your insights, they have been very helpful
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Sounds kinda like my noise. But outside the car you can hear it squeeling pretty loud when the car isnt in motion. So underload it makes a lotta noise. And inside the car, it sounds like its coming from the direction of the area you fill the power steering fluid. Hearing it louder on the passenger side supports that it comes from over there. Any idea's on that? Possible loose built?
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It may very well be your belt tensionor ....or if its more of an alien giggling noise then it may be your water pump (the noise my duratec makes at me cause the water pump is on its way out)
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Mine groans also and only on right hand hard turns under light throttle....gonna try the boot grease trick. Tks BTW Whats better for power steering?? Reg mercon, mercon V, or syn?? Manual calls for mercon only.
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