: Yet Another Problem, Steering Wheel Noise



rzambrano
10-09-10, 07:35 PM
Starting last night I noticed that my steering wheel began making a funny noise. This morning it was fine until about 30 minutes into driving. Whenever I turn either way, it whines (sort of). I can't hear anything outside the car, but inside it is pretty noticable. Ive read other posts similar but wanted some input, any idea?

2005 STS V6

rzambrano
10-09-10, 09:16 PM
Another thing, I drove my friend's STS, same year and everything, and his steering wheel is much smoother, meaning mine is harder.

dkozloski
10-10-10, 01:24 AM
STS power steering pumps are problematic.

rzambrano
10-10-10, 09:37 PM
So thats what you think it might be? Repair quote?

alexillac
10-11-10, 02:57 AM
I have the same issue on my 2005 V6, its kind of temperature-related. I've been driving with this for about 30 k km now. I do not plan to do anything about it.
greetings
alex

dkozloski
10-11-10, 03:51 AM
When it comes time to replace the pump you'll know it.

rzambrano
10-11-10, 11:42 AM
I have the same issue on my 2005 V6, its kind of temperature-related. I've been driving with this for about 30 k km now. I do not plan to do anything about it.
greetings
alex

Alex, I agree that it might be temperature related because it only happens after the car is at what I call it's "normal operating" temperature. During my morning commute, the car is fine.

dkozloski
10-11-10, 01:41 PM
Eventually the noise becomes a growl and the power steering assist loses effectiveness.

EChas3
10-11-10, 07:19 PM
It is possible to reduce the stress on the system by making sure to move while turning the wheel. Should a driver have to; no. Would a 'car guy' do it?

I do. That's the way I was taught to drive. (No power steeriing.) Do you?

rzambrano
10-11-10, 10:25 PM
I have noticed that and that's what I do. I reduce the noise by only turning when the car is moving.

EChas3
10-11-10, 10:35 PM
It could last a long time. It's said to involve a very tough nut. I'd wait until it fails and expect $$$.

Meanwhile, drive it like you stole it.

Greg00coupe
10-12-10, 11:37 AM
I don't think it is the pump. The noise I hear sounds like it's in the steering column. I've had my 05 for almost 3 years. Took it back to the dealer several times for the problem. Last time they did some lubricating...... w/o does not indicate where...... but the noise went away for about 2 years. Comes and goes but mostly it goes. I too just drive it.

rzambrano
10-12-10, 12:23 PM
So should I just thrown in some penetrating oil in there?

Jesda
10-12-10, 03:29 PM
How does your PS fluid look and smell?

rzambrano
10-12-10, 03:49 PM
It was a bit low, so I put some more in there. Idk about the smell.

rzambrano
10-15-10, 12:17 PM
For those having the same issue, I will be taking the STS to a repair shop tomorrow morning to try and figure out what it is.

rzambrano
10-17-10, 08:37 PM
So I went to the repair shop, and the diagnosis was at least 1 bad motor mount, possibly a bushing in the rear end, and the steering wheel noise is yet to be figured out.I will be returning on Wednesday afternoon to do the repairs since they didn't have a lift available. I have no sort of warranty so does anyone know what this is going to set me back? By the way the guys there offered to bring me home since I will be carless then, no problem though, I'll be driving a 2007 Tahoe meanwhile.

alexillac
10-18-10, 02:57 AM
Yes, I also think it's more the steering-column than the pump. The steering feel (hardness) is all the same with and without noise. And the noise also comes and goes but - as I wrote earlier - with some temp-relation. Winter is starting now and the temps beginn to fall, so I will monitor this...
but in fact, I go on driving.