2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Q&A
2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Question: Power steering - whining noise
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. - brstilson
It sounds like your fluid was low, but now the pump may be bad. Have you checked the power steering fluid level? - munkyrench
Certain 2001-2005 models were recalled because the high pressure power steering hose could contact the transaxle differential cover and wear prematurely, causing a fluid leak. A Damaged hose should...
Is it the power steering fluid?