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Old 09-10-2018, 10:19 AM   #1
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Default whining when turning steering wheel

I've had a coolant leak in my Aura that has kept me from driving it for a month. I finally started it up to move it from one side of my driveway to the other and it made a horrible whining noise whenever I turned the wheel. Any ideas? I've never had this issue before and I'm wondering if it is even safe to drive to the shop. Also, how would letting the car sit for a month be related to this?

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Old 09-10-2018, 06:12 PM   #2
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Default Re: whining when turning steering wheel

Since it sat that long, i'd immediately think it was the alternator trying to get the charge up on the battery-but check the fluid level in the power steering pump reserve anyway. Another possibility is that some coolant might have gotten on the belt and the additional load of the PS pump at startup caused the racket. Since it is such a departure from a month ago, look for the obvious first. Be a good idea to slow charge the battery, my experience with these cars is you do not want anything but a really good battery.

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