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How to fix the power steering pump whine?


Is there a good way to silence the annoying whine at slow speeds that I hear? Its loudest when parking n turning the wheel. I would think its from the power steering pump, but Im not sure.

Any ideas? Will new fluid make any difference?

It doesnt seem to leak except for blowing some fluid past the cap when autocrossing.

I hear many other 6's making the same noise in traffic.

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is the fluid low? they are loud when they are low. you might try flushing it too
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Old December 27th, 2008, 09:11 AM   #3
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its a problem a lot of them have stock, either replace the pump, or cheaper, remove all of the fluid (shop vac, and disconnecting lines... whatever you can do to get it all out) and replace...
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turn the volume slightly higher till it drowns it out, ear plugs, convince yourself thats the sound of pure raw power, all of them have it, its gonna cost you something to TRY to make it go away, but its not broken and frankly not that loud.
point is it will be a timewaster and moneywaster to try and make that sound disappear, put the money towards a mod or a tuneup.
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Old December 28th, 2008, 02:52 AM   #5
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"put the money towards a mod or a tuneup."

The new exhaust and CAI I put on does reduce the annoyance a bit. Since it may be the original fluid Ill flush it and see if that makes any diff.

Speeking of mods does anyone have an opinion on the SCT 4 bank eliminator chip? My mods are pretty minor-17s, camber plates, dual exhaust, CAI with no plans for anything too extensive. It seems like somebodys always got an opinion on chips/tuners in here.
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My car used to do the same thing. I went and got a new power steering pump from advance auto, and now its as quiet as can be. I'm loving not having that annoying loud whine anymore
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Old January 29th, 2010, 06:48 PM   #7
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I did the same thing, went to auto zone, got a factory rebuilt pump. Even with the addative I am still having the same problems and it is really annoying. Any suggetions?
Should I put new steering pump hoses? any advice would be great.
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just turn your music louder, thats what i do
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Does anyone know if an after market power steering brand from Advanced Auto is better than a motor craft? My power steering has that whine, and I've put new fluid in it, and flushed the old stuff out. Motorcraft still disappoints me. Is a Fenco power steering any better?
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I'd get a new pump, not a rebuild. Not sure if the Fenco will prove any diff. than a new Motorcraft unit.
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Like others said just flush the pump and lines and your set. That is wat worked for me.
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wow old thread anyways

they are known for being noisy even when working properly fyi
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Originally Posted by sk_idLA View Post
Speeking of mods does anyone have an opinion on the SCT 4 bank eliminator chip? My mods are pretty minor-17s, camber plates, dual exhaust, CAI with no plans for anything too extensive. It seems like somebodys always got an opinion on chips/tuners in here.
Better to just save up and buy the handheld tuner. The chip is fine, but if you ever have to have your tune modified you have to send the chip to your tuner and your car will have to go back to stock tune until the tune is completed. Better to just drive like you are and then reflash.

As for the power steering, it's a common thing with V6s. A lot of people upgrade to the Cobra PS System, but unless the noise is unbearable, it's not worth it.
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Do not buy a re-manufactured power steering pump, this is my third one, and its whining like a snobby Beverly hills teenager. New PS pump here I come.
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I get that whine too. What color is the fluid supposed to be because i checked a couple days ago and it was black like a dirty black? but it still turns good. any ideas?
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Originally Posted by GuardArmour View Post
I get that whine too. What color is the fluid supposed to be because i checked a couple days ago and it was black like a dirty black? but it still turns good. any ideas?
Brother the fluid should be clear.......flush and replace with new fluid....but it'll still probably whine.....i've just learned to accept it
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btw....lontubes an O/R H pipe and flow 40's help you forget about the whine....unless your sitting still turning the wheel
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Originally Posted by sk_idLA View Post
Is there a good way to silence the annoying whine at slow speeds that I hear? Its loudest when parking n turning the wheel. I would think its from the power steering pump, but Im not sure.

Any ideas? Will new fluid make any difference?

It doesnt seem to leak except for blowing some fluid past the cap when autocrossing.

I hear many other 6's making the same noise in traffic.

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I think this means you have a leak somewhere. The pump itself might not be the problem. Check the steering rack and all those metal lines going to and from it. You'll see residue and dirt where the leak is coming from.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 04:26 PM   #19
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I just replaced my pump with a new one from Advance and it still has the whine, but not nearly as bad as before. It worked fine even before the replacement.

What is the deal with the Cobra swap?
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Old January 24th, 2012, 10:48 PM   #20
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When I rebuilt mine that wine went away long ago, not to mention I use mercon V transmission fluid in it like it calls for in the manual. Those of you who put regular PS fluid in the unit, drain and use Mercon V.
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