Power Steering Whining - 2002 Windstar
My power steering has been whining merrily away for quite sometime now. I've had it in to both Ford and the local mechanic and nobody seems to think anything is wrong with it. I just had it in for an oil change and noticed that the whine is even worse. It's fine for short, local trips, but the longer it's running, the worse it gets. Tonight was the worst ever - I was embarrassed by all the whiny/grinding noises coming from under the hood. I checked the fluid level and there was powersteering fluid all around the outside of the reservoir. I'm wondering if the fluid was overfilled at it's last service, or is it a sign the pump is on the verge of packing it in? I drained some of the fluid from the reservoir and the whiny noise wasn't as bad, but then again, it just could be that it had cooled down some by then. Anyone have any ideas?