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Old 01-31-2005, 06:05 AM   #1
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i noticed a week or 2 ago a slight wirring or low whining comin from under the hood and seemed to corelate with the steering wheel... now when i start it i have almost no power steering... and sometimes it goes in and out... is it the pump is or is goin bad? or could it be just low fluid? how can i check the fluid i cant find the resovoir.....
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Above photo shows location of power steering pump and reservoir. Hopefully, you'll just have to add some fluid.
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the power steering resevoir is behind the motor on the series twos as shown

If you have a slim, long arm, you can reach it.
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Quick question about your trim, are you sure you have an LE or an SLE?
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My 97se steering is very hard below about 10 degrees F...mine also makes noise when it is hot on slow speed turns...doesnt look easy to change...gonna live with it for now....
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Hay Bill good photo of a L36, do you have a link to that photo or did you scan it?
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Just on a side note WHY did they decide to move the P/* down there? They at least could have designed a dipstick that rose up or something. Idk just felt like getting that out. Lol gotta laugh and designers these days.
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My 97se steering is very hard below about 10 degrees F...mine also makes noise when it is hot on slow speed turns...doesnt look easy to change...gonna live with it for now....
That'* because at slow speeds you're straining the pump'* straining to turn your wheels and the slower you're going, the harder it'll be for the pump with no RPM'* because of the contact patch of the tires with the pavement. And when it'* cold, the PS fluid is thick especially at 10*, so it'* almost like the PS pump is trying to suck a bowling ball through a straw.
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Hey Ron, I stole that image from Hans from an earlier post: http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...316&highlight=
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