For the last few weeks, I have heard a whining noise coming from the engine area of the car. At first, it was barely noticeable, but it gradually began to get louder. Over the last week or so, it has been loud enough to convince me that something was definitely wrong. The care drives well. I looked under the hood a few times, and nothing looked wrong. The sound definitely seemed to be coming from the same side of the engine where the belt turns various car parts. I did not see any leaks. The oil and transmission fluid levels were good. Today, it was much louder than before, and I happened to notice that the car was a little wet on the front bottom of the car. The fluid was clear yellow (not slightly dirty as my oil was). I popped the hood and noticed that it was very wet everywhere around the power steering reservoir. The reservoir was wet, everywhere around it and beneath it. I feel like this points me to the power steering system. I did not check the fluid level while the car was hot because I thought that the fluid appeared to be expelled from the reservoir and could have been pressurized for some reason.
So, at this point, I am not sure if the whining noise was caused by a low fluid level due to a leak in the system. Or, I am wondering if the whining problem could be causing the fluid leak. Tomorrow morning, I will check the fluid level and try to get the fluid level where it needs to be. My next step will see if that solves the problem. One other thing for me to note- I have not had the slightest problem with driving the vehicle, engine power, transmission, or turning. I have seen no symptoms of a failing of the power steering system.
Any advice would be appreciated. I will update this post once I get more information.
have the same problem?
Thursday, December 31st, 2015 AT 4:20 PM