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Q: Power steering, leak, and groaning noise.

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At first the car didn't not make no noise when turning it was jus extremely hard, absolutely no power steering at all, and no noises either. So I added fluid because it was empty. Now the car makes a horrible groaning sound when turning the wheel. I checked the fluid level the next day it was completely dry. So I topped it off with power steering fluid and it was empty again in 10 mins. Is this most likely an issue with my pump or a leaking line somewhere?

My car has 126000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hi, thanks for writing in. This is a sign o...

Hi, thanks for writing in. This is a sign of a failing power steering pump which is what the groaning sound and stiff steering will come from. It also sounds like you have a major leak coming from somewhere.

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