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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-05-2019, 03:44 AM Thread Starter
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Power Steering Assembly Noise

2002 Ford Taurus SE Vulcan 3.0

Whenever I turn the wheel regardless if I'm moving or sitting idle, the front end makes a low-ish moaning/growning sound, getting louder the farther I turn the wheel left or right, not any louder one direction vs the other. If I don't move the wheel the sound disappears.

A while ago I had added some Mercon V fluid to the resivoir (from what I have read you use the same fluid for your transmission for the power steering, for this car anyway) because I noticed I couldn't see any fluid in the cylinder, but it didn't take much, only a couple cups.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-05-2019, 06:50 AM
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You have some air in the system causing the pump to make noise. Common issue with the Ford CII PS pumps.

The entire system capacity is under 1 quart, so if you had to add a couple cups of fluid, the system was nearly empty, allowing air to get into the system.

You have a leak in the system. Find the leak, fix it, and then refill and correctly bleed the air out of the system.
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Either that, or his ball joints or tie rod ends are dry. If you have a needle adapter for a grease gun, you can always try pumping a bit of grease into the ball joint boots.

I still dont understand why Ford puts dry joints on there vehicles.

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^+1 on checking outer tierod ends. May also spray some silicone lube/white lithium grease into the plastic/boot at the base of the steering column where it passes through the firewall.
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I realized I explained that entirely wrong now that I went out and tested the noise of the car again and I'm sorry lol.

The noise is more like a whirring sound sorta like you hear a lot of bugs buzzing at a pond or river at around sunset that is constant but only gets quiet when the steering wheel is centered.
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Definitely air in system.
1- find leak.
2- repair leak.
3- fill system to bottom of dipstick with engine NOT running.
4- jack up front of vehicle so front tires are off the ground
5- with engine NOT running, turn steering wheel lock to lock 100 times (yes, 100 times), check fluid level every 25
cycles and fill to bottom of dipstick.
6- level vehicle, check fluid level with engine NOT running, start engine and enjoy quiet steering and Popeye arms!
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I couldnt find a leak anywhere so I went ahead and did the lock to lock steering, and now it's even louder than befire when running the car, and it's foaming a LOT through the resovoir.
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The fluid looked level and maybe a bit high when i was turning the wheel but running the engine it was low
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PS fluid doesnt vanish for no reason. You have a leak. Follow rsteve56's advice.

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