My 99 Lincoln Continental has been making wining sounds when I turn the steering wheel. I've had frothy steering fluid. I drained out the fluid in the reservoir and put new in and it was really quiet for a few days. Today it was wining again so I put more in and drove around some, then it started sounding really bad and I went home and checked it and there was no fluid in the reservoir and there was smoke coming from between the engine and the wall of the engine compartment. Any suggestions for what I should look at to see what's happening?
Find the leak and fix it then bleed the power steering pump and see what happens
April, 21, 2011 AT 1:21 AM
The smoke is the fluid leaking onto the hot exhaust.
April, 21, 2011 AT 1:29 AM
Do you know where on the engine picture I could find the power steering pump?
April, 21, 2011 AT 1:32 AM
Follow the hose from the reservoir to the pump. Your leak isn't necessarily coming from the pump though. The lines and rack can leak also.
April, 21, 2011 AT 6:42 PM
Ok, so there the leak is coming from what looks like a boot on the passenger side front wheel. Would you be able to offer any more direction to what I should be looking for within that area?
April, 21, 2011 AT 10:23 PM
If it is a boot around the tie rod end, then that would be a bad rack and pinion and the whole unit will have to be replace and the car aligned.
April, 24, 2011 AT 9:09 PM
I'm going to replace my rack & pinion, strut rod bushings in the lower control arms and the sway bar links in the front and rear. I found the rack & pinion. I also found what I am guessing is the right parts for the bushings and sway bar links; however, I'd like someone to confirm that I am looking at the right parts and will the parts listed below be all I need to replace the suspension components listed above?