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Posted: Sun Sep 03, 2006 12:33 am 
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Hi,

Started my car EL monty up today and noticed a funny sound from under the hood. It sounded alot like a power steering pump. So I killed the engine, and poped the bonnent, and was surprised to find the area around the P/S cap was flooded with fluid. I checked the fluid level, and it still appeared to be full, so I started it up and ran it for a moment, and the whine went away. So I drove off, and came back later, and check it, the plastic bit around the P/S cap was flooded again.

It sounds to me like a pipe could be blocked or something, what do you think ?

if it is a blockage, how the frig do I unblock it ?

Finally, I'm supposed to take my dad to Sanddown tomorrow to watch the V8's for fathers day, do you think it'll hold out until Monday if I were to take it to a P/S secialist ?
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Posted: Sun Sep 03, 2006 12:54 am 
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it was probably over-filled to start with. Or something with be stuffed with the cap.

Is your steering heavy or does it whine when you turn the wheel all the time?

 

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Posted: Sun Sep 03, 2006 1:16 am 
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Well, its hard to judge if it's "heavy", some friends with EL's say mine is quite heavy, but it's been like that for the last 200,000 (and I prefer it a little heavier anyhow).

It doesn normally whine, and the odd sound only occurs for a brief period while the engine warms up. The sound does get worse when I turn the steering (eg. pulling out of parking spot). As mentionined, it sounds like the pump is struggling, or under excess load.

And of course, after running the engine for a few mins, it sounds fine again.

I'd doubt it was overfilled, as it hasnt been touched recently (service was 4k ago).

Whilst sitting in the parking spot, I tried turning (with the engine off) lock-to-lock to see if the fluid level changed at all, and possibly bleed any air out, but the level didnt change.
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Posted: Sun Sep 03, 2006 11:19 pm 
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Well... it made it to Sandown and back, no funny noises today, but checked when I got home, and theres still P/S fluid all around the filler-cap.

It obviously isnt leaking too much, as it seems pretty full.

Unless anyone has any ideas, I'll drop it off at the mechanic tomorrow and get him to check it out.
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Posted: Sun Sep 03, 2006 11:26 pm 
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Check the level with the car running and don't overfill it otherwise it will spit it out and will be noisey at the same time.

 

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