Originally Posted by Soft Ride
To run the PS pump continuously dry is not a good thing. The fluid acts as a lubricant for the pump'* impeller.
Would this cause further damage to bearing & seals? IDK I have always addressed a PS leak quickly, & kept my reservoir full, until I could make repairs.
Did you find where the leak is coming from?
Yes, the leak was fixed.
I just thought it was odd that I was told that if you run the car without power steering fluid - that it would not harm the car at all...
It only happened twice - when I was trying to determine if it was just out of fluid - or if there was a leak.
Both times - when it was empty - it made absolutely NO noise/whine at all - nothing - the steering was just VERY hard.
When I put fluid in each of the two times - when there was fluid in it - there would be a very noticeable noise/whine - but it would steer normally.
But when it went empty - there was nothing - no noise at all - it just became VERY hard to steer.