Q: My engine makes whirring sound when I start the car and turn the wheel but stops once the engine warms up.

asked by on

My car is originally from Arizona and I recently brought it up to Cleveland. This is the cars first time "living" in a cold and wet climate. Within the last few weeks I have noticed a loud whirring sound coming from the engine when I start the car and turn the wheel when parked as well as when moving slowly to park. This sound is most noticeable when my car has been sitting outside for a few hours or overnight. The sound stops once the car warms up and I begin driving over about 10 mph. An oil change was done about 2000 miles ago, the check engine light is not on, and there are no other problems. What could the possible source of this sound be? Should I be worried?

My car has 104000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Check to see if the fluid level in the power steering pump reservoir is adequate. Even if the fluid level is correct, the power steering pump could still be the source of the noise. You can figure it out quickly by temporarily disconnecting the belt that drives the pump. If the noise goes away when the pump is not turning, then of course it is the pump, although other components driven by the same belt would have to be ruled out, too. In your circumstance, with the noise occurring as you turn the steering wheel, it is likely to be a noisy pump. To have the pump inspected, and replaced if faulty and if desired by you, please use YourMechanic’s power steering diagnostic/service request page. If you request that service, the responding certified mechanic will get this taken care of for you. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. My engine makes whirring sound when I start the car and turn the wheel but stops once the engine warms up.

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Idk

Hello, thank you for writing in. When a vehicle has alternator issues, the entire car is forced to run off of the battery. As you can imagine, this stresses out the battery and can cause it to prematurely fail. Start...

Q: MDX 5 speed auto transmission, when drive from 20 to 30 mph, shift cable shaken at D5, transmission makes click noise at D4 or D3

If the issue did not exist prior to the rebuild, it is likely the transmission was not properly rebuilt (not unusual because rebuilding a transmission is highly detailed, exacting work, plus a really good rebuild will incorporate all the design...

Q: Packing power. Looking to add more off-road performance.

If you want to add some more power easily to your vehicle I would recommend an intake system or an exhaust system or both. The intake system and the exhaust system are two of the easiest ways to add power...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...