Originally Posted by FuzzyDunlop
How does the car perform after this starts happening?
Noticable power difference?
I don't notice a huge power difference. If there's a power difference, it isn't of any greater magnitude than having the parking brake on a few clicks.
I don't notice much of a difference in the steering other than it seems to have a slight vibration when moving, like the engine is running slightly rough.
I am mostly preoccupied by the noise so I may not notice other things going on.
Power steering fluid is the color of maple syrup. I do not remember the original color but there don't seem to be particulates in it at least.
PS fluid level was half a centimeter low, which does not seem that far off, but then the reservoir doesn't seem very large, either.
Everyone thinks power steering, and it sounds a lot like that, perhaps a tad lower pitched at times (maybe almost a growling when going <5mph, but usually a whir at normal speeds), but roughly the same.
The noise doesn't happen when stopped, however, only when moving, which is why I'm confused. Power steering usually makes the noise when the wheel is turned regardless of vehicle movement, right? But I'm no gearhead by any stretch.
Thanks for the input guys, and also for the reminder to check the PS fluid level.