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Old 06-09-2019, 10:59 AM
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Whenever the PS is turned the least amount to the right there is a slight whirring. It continues until the load comes off. It occurs whether actually driving or just turn the wheel when stationary.

History of the system: Pump is original to the car, 1980, never rebuilt. Control valve and power cylinder were both rebuilt by CSSB about 2 years ago but less than 100 miles driving on them. All other steering linkage parts are original, about 90,000 miles.

Possible causes?
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Old 06-10-2019, 08:51 AM
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I had no idea this would be such a mystery - 80 reads and no recommendation
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I would change the pump
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Old 06-10-2019, 10:53 AM
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Common sense says that if there was something wrong with the pump it would do it when the steering was turned either way. This not being the case, I think their might be something wrong (restricting) with the steering valve....just guessing though.
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Common sense says that if there was something wrong with the pump it would do it when the steering was turned either way. This not being the case, I think their might be something wrong (restricting) with the steering valve....just guessing though.
Interesting thought. I was also thinking something loading the system when turning in one direction, but being a mechanical engineer I was thinking something in the 90k mile steering linkage and suspension.

But it's worth dropping a note off to CSSB to get their thoughts.
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Old 06-12-2019, 08:33 PM
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Resolution - Started car today and sound was still there. Drove for for 4 or 5 miles, when I got back I realized the sound was gone. Best guess is some air which worked itself out.
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Air would have been my guess. Usually makes noise when the fluid is low and the piston is extended (left turn I think), Easy to guess now that you’ve already solved it but make sure you check the fluid level.

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