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2004 Buick LeSabre Question: Power steering pumb noises

 

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aheath, Henderson, NV, January 17, 2012, 20:29
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The car is from Maine and the repair people said the pump was leaking so replaced it. Since then I had had a lot of noise when making turns which I never had before. I took it back but they say the pump is working properly. I noticed a response regarding a TSB to replace the fluid with a cold weather fluid. It is winter here but it fairly warm with tempertures in the 40's. Why does this fuild work better?

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, January 17, 2012, 20:49
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    I would suspect the power steering pump may still be the issue, get a second opinion before the warranty on the parts and labor expires. The viscosity of the fluid in the bulletin may be different. Perhaps try power steering additive by Lucas or Lubegaurd and see if that helps.

    I suspect just a poor quality rebuild.

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    aheath, January 17, 2012, 21:11
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    Pat, Thank you for answering my question but why do you suspect the power steering pump?

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    mastertech6371, January 17, 2012, 21:48
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    you may also have air in the system. the shop that installed it should bleed it for you to verify.
    as far as fluids, there are different fluids for the power steering and it is best to follow manufacturer recommendations.

    Roy

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    gmc4me January 18, 2012, 03:47
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    As patrick had said the viscosity of the fluid is thinner allowinit to flow through the system better. When Fluid gets cold it thickens and does not flow as well. This is the same for all fluids in a vehicle except for coolant. The fluid from the GM bulletin is very costly and you are to drain the whole power steering before adding it otherwise it will mix and not have the correct consistancy Which is why you would replace it in the first place. It is very true that the pump could be poorly rebuilt. The person that replaced the pump may had not gotten all the air out of the power steering system after the repair and this would cause a noise that you described. If you had the work done withing the past month the shop you took the car to may be willing to look at the car for no charge if they want to keep a customer.

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