Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: The truck is going through about a small bottle of power steering fluid a month. When it is low, it makes a whining noise

asked by on

Could it be anything besides the power steering pump needing replaced?

My car has 212000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

A: Your power steering pump may be leaking and...

Your power steering pump may be leaking and will whine when it is low on fluid. You should locate the leak in the system before you condemn the power steering pump. You may have a leaking steering gear or power steering pressure or return hose. Once you locate the leaking component it should be replaced and the rest of the system rechecked for leaks. The best way to find a leak is to clean the entire system with soapy water to remove oil leak evidence. Add oil leak dye to the power steering pump and run the vehicle and drive it on a road test to operate the system and then recheck for the leak using the dye leak detector to locate leak or leaks in the system.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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: Car not going from park into reverse

Hi. There is a solenoid near your shifter that releases the shifter when the brake is applied. This circuit will need to be tested to determine if the brake switch, wiring, or solenoid is faulty. If you need further assistance,...

Q: Car won't start

You may have a bad fuel pump. The fuel pump may have been burned up if you ran it out of fuel or ran it low a lot of times. The fuel pump uses the fuel to keep the pump...

Q: My truck won't go into gear until I pump it multiple times after starting it. After it is still hard to shift

Hi there. It sounds like the hydraulic system for your clutch is failing. There is a possibility of a leak in the system or simply a failed clutch master cylinder. A good visual inspection of the fluid level and condition...

Related articles

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...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.