This past summer my steering had a whining/grinding noise. Every time I turned the steering wheel it had this loud, high-pitched grinding sound. My steering, however, was just fine, no problems. As it got colder the noise got louder. It would be loudest in the morning when the car first started up, and then would quiet down (but never completely disappear) after the car warmed up. Then we had a few days where it was extremely cold, and when I drove the car in the morning I would have no noise but it would be really hard to steer. After a few seconds of turning the wheel the noise would come back and it would be easy to steer again. Now, there is no noise but it's extremely hard to steer all the time, no matter what the temperature is or how long the car has been on.
Power steering - whining noise on 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser
by brstilson in Grand Rapids, MI on February 02, 2009
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ANSWER by munkyrench on February 03, 2009
It sounds like your fluid was low, but now the pump may be bad. Have you checked the power steering fluid level?
COMMENT by brstilson on December 23, 2009
Turns out my entire steering rack went bad. My fluid levels were always fine and my pump was okay.
There was a recall to inspect and reposition the high pressure power steering hose. The hose could contact the transaxle differential cover and wear prematurely. Damaged hoses must be replaced.
Is it the power steering fluid?