Power steering is whining - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


2.9L & 3.0L V6 Tech General discussion of 2.9L and 3.0L V6 Ford Ranger engines.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 04-10-2012
Mcleary316's Avatar
Member

Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Lawrence, Kansas
Posts: 2,322
Power steering is whining

Whenever I turn the wheel it makes a noticibly louder-than-it-should-be whining noise. It isn't any harder to turn the wheel but I'm concerned that the pump may be going out. What do you think? Maybe just change the fluid?

Last edited by Mcleary316; 04-11-2012 at 12:23 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-10-2012
PAShooter's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Altoona, PA
Posts: 908
Mines done that for a year now.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-10-2012
littlered's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Lewistown, Mo
Posts: 1,542
Mine has done it for years too. power stering fluid is fine and even replaced the rack. never had any problems with it just kinda loud.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-10-2012
99offroadrngr's Avatar
TOYOTA
iTrader: (37)
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 11,728
drain your reservoir (1 hose at the bottom of it) then put a bottle of friction modifier in and fill the rest with power steering fluid. it will quiet it down A LOT. my green truck sounded like chewbacca
yes, its LS additive but it wont harm anything

Attached Thumbnails
Power steering is whining-motorcraft_xl3_1.jpg  
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-10-2012
robert99ranger's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (4)
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Indiana/Mississippi
Posts: 5,807
^Interesting

Mines always done it. Tried replacing it with a new pump and it sounded worse.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-10-2012
FULLSCALE's Avatar
Level III Supporter

iTrader: (12)
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Clinton, Ontario
Posts: 8,181
Throw some Lucas power steering fix in there... it works well!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-10-2012
99offroadrngr's Avatar
TOYOTA
iTrader: (37)
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 11,728
Quote:
Originally Posted by robert99ranger View Post
^Interesting

Mines always done it. Tried replacing it with a new pump and it sounded worse.
ya justin (toreador4x4) told me about it. worked great.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-10-2012
Mcleary316's Avatar
Member

Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Lawrence, Kansas
Posts: 2,322
I'll have to give the LS additive a try. So I drain all the fluid and then add the bottle?
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-10-2012
99offroadrngr's Avatar
TOYOTA
iTrader: (37)
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 11,728
yeah if you don't wanna put it all in you don't have to but i drained mine, put the bottle in, and filled the rest with PS fluid. the bottle is really small anyway 4oz
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-11-2012
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Casper, WY
Posts: 40
Fords power steering pumps are the worst about being noisey. Most of the time, like some of you stated already, even when you do replace the pump its either the same, or worse.

The Guy with the Friction Modder above is right on track. That is exactly what I use at work only its says QMI on the bottle. Its got teflon and some other things in it I dont know.

If you check your hoses for soft spots, this can indicate a hose that is caving in on its self.

Otherwise my only recommendation is to flush your entire power steering system and refill with FORD brand fluid. Sticking with Fords brand fluid for some reason keeps their pumps quitter. This is what I do when I get noisey pumps, go right to the manufactures fluid and it usually stops. Ive got 143K on my OEM pump with me actually flushing it every 15K miles. I still have no issues.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Converting manual steering to power steering? SuperKid General Technical & Electrical 3 11-02-2013 09:55 AM
whining when turning steering wheel? Jeremy102579 General Technical & Electrical 22 10-13-2006 11:31 PM
High Pitch Whining 0RangerEdge2 2.9L & 3.0L V6 Tech 14 10-02-2005 03:55 PM
Whining mental ambiguity Drivetrain Tech 17 06-20-2005 09:23 PM
Whining when releasing clutch Diabolic Drivetrain Tech 6 03-10-2005 02:46 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:15 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.