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Old 12-01-2011, 09:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hi there-

i've got what seems to be a fairly common problem in that my power steering on my 2001 SF gives off a steady whine. i've read in several posts that removing the power steering resevoir and either replacing it or cleaning out the screen solves the problem. i'm ready to give that a shot, but can't seem to figure out how to remove the part. There is a "tab" type of thing on the back of it, but it doesn't seem to do the trick. i'm admittedly no mechanic, but this seems like it should be relatively easy.

does anyone have any tips/advice on how to remove the resevoir?

thanks in advance....
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Old 12-05-2011, 10:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My reservoir just pulls right off. I bought the car used so maybe something is broken from the previous owner, but it seems like that's the way it's designed to me.


A few random things related to the whine:

What color is your fluid? If it's really dark then it probably needs to be changed. I'm a believer that it should be changed at some point. Great post here on flushing the system.
Power Steering Fluid Change

Is your fluid level low? If you find yourself having to add fluid then you may have a leak somewhere that needs to be addressed. This is another problem on its own though.

Have you tried bleeding the system just to make sure there is no air in the system?

With these cars make sure to use actual power steering fluid and not ATF if you do need to add/flush.
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thanks for the info TXMAG.....mine definitely doesn't come right off, but i was told by someone there is a clip that you slip a screwdriver in to which should do the trick. will report back.

i do actually have a leak, which seems to be at the base of the hose. i'm planning on having that fixed soon (have just been checking/filling every few days in the meanwhile) but wanted to clean out the resevoir just to be thorough, as it seems to be such a common problem.

thanks for the link to the article about flushing the system. i'm assuming they'll probably do that when they replace the hose.....so will hold off for now.
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i do actually have a leak, which seems to be at the base of the hose. i'm planning on having that fixed soon (have just been checking/filling every few days in the meanwhile) but wanted to clean out the resevoir just to be thorough, as it seems to be such a common problem.
If you have a leak this is almost certainly causing the whine. When your power steering system has a leak it can't effectively bleed the air out of the system.

I understand the want to replace parts - I do it all the time as a precautionary measure. That being said, unless the cost of a new reservoir is minimal I wouldn't change it out unless needed. I would just clean it up as much as possible and save the money.
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No plans to replace the part (although they only seem to be running about $50)....from what i understand the screen at the bottom gets clogged over time, and a quick cleaning solves the issue. Mostly doing it, as you noted, as a precautionary measure. In researching the whine i found the bulletin Hyundai posted about it, and it seems like it's a) common and b) easy/cheap to fix to figured why not do it anyway.

Meanwhile, just have to get that hose replaced and hopefully i'll be whine-free.
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Good luck man, hopefully you'll be "whine-free" soon. Post back once you get it all resolved and let us know how it goes. Maybe it will help someone else in the future with a similar problem.
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Well, the power steering hose was replaced, and the mechanic supposedly did as i asked and cleaned the reservoir screen, but the whine/moan is as load as ever. I suspect they didn't pull the reservoir off to give it a thorough cleaning, and probably just gave it a token spray while still mounted.....but who knows. I asked the guy when i picked it up and his reply was "sometimes when they get air in the pump it just doesn't come out". I'm tempted to just replace the reservoir and see if that helps.

What's the likelihood that the pump itself is at the root of the noise?
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