Failure to change the power steering fluid can cause the fluid to become gray with metal particles. The contaminated fluid can damage the power steering pump resulting in a growling noise when the wheel is turned; the damaged pump will require replacement to eliminate the noise.. Life of the power steering gearbox and pump will be shortened if the fluid is not serviced regularly.
Car Problem Reports
Ford Escort Change Power Steering Fluid to Avoid Steering Pump/Gearbox Problems
Ford Escort Problem
Average Mileage: 101,000 mi (73,000 mi - 152,000 mi)
Yes, it makes noise but only if freezing out. I warm the car up thoroughly b4 driving & it helps a lot. I do replace the fluid every so often. This has been happening for at least 3 years now and the steering itself still works fine.
Visitor, 2001 Ford Escort, 78,000 mi
I've been having this problem for years and do the same thing as report#2. So far so good. Every so often I have a friend siphon out the fluid and then add fresh fluid but I haven't done it in well over a year & it still works fine. Its no bother in the summer but does make that grinding noise in freezing weather. I avoid it by warming up the car.
Visitor, 2000 Ford Escort, 152,000 mi
This has been an ongoing problem with mine, but I haven't changed the fluid as I should. It's not easy to change the pump.