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Discussion in 'VR - VS Holden Commodore (1993 - 1997)' started by losh1971, Oct 2, 2018.
Anyone got an idea on this? On my way to Adelaide and i don't want to break down.
have a look in the wheel arch to see if its rubbing
No rubbing. It sounds like rubber moving though, sort of whirring but only around corners.
link pin rubbers gone?
Check your tyres?
tyres are all fine.
i will check. That would be excellent if its those. I wondering if the diff is playing up?
Just had a garage look at it and he seemed to think power steering issue. Anyone have an idea on what could be the problem with PS?
My pump is pretty rooted it sounds like a fan when at wheel lock and it loves to groan, my current issues are caused by a leak in the return hose for the power steering reservoir and general age of the pump, it should be alright, if its whirring and groaning but you can turn the wheel with less than three fingers it has some time left, usually. mine has been whining for about a year, checking the fluid sounds like an insult but definitely check, mine whines louder when there's even a tiny bit under full (use the lid dipstick)
a reconditioned pump is pretty cheap, you could buy a new one or recondition your current one with a kit off ebay, but obviously this would have to wait for your return home
However power steering noises are pretty noticeable from the front of the car with the window down, not sure what this info is worth but I hope it helps
Thanks Hobs, I gonna try and get it checked out in SA if i can. Repairs will need to wait until i get home, like you say. I will pop some more fluid in and see what happens. Its not groaning le it did when tje fluid got low a while back. Not sure if you have ever heard the rubbing noise the 02 Camrys due to rack problems make but the noise is exactly like that.
Has your VR got a steering rack connected to the rear of the car? From my understanding power steering pumps are located in the front, and the rack is in the front of the car too....I must be mis-reading something, or got the ends of a car mixed up
For what it is worth, it could be a wheel bearing, or a noisy tyre...
VC it's a bit hard for me to determine on my own where the noise is coming from. I thought it was the rear but I could be wrong. Hard to tell when your in the drivers seat and not having heard thia noise on the ute before. My first thought was wheel bearing but i can now hear it turning tight both ways.
Last time i heard a bearing was a different noise, more of a rumble, hum that can be heard at 60kmph. I only notice the noise at Uturn speed not going along. I have NFI is the trouble so it could be anything. I'm nearly to Adelaide but too late today to have it checked by another mech shop. Tomorrow i will be in Victor. Not sure if anyone will have time to look at it tomorrow. I don't really know where to take it.
Quick update, i have been sitting for an hour and things have cooled down. The noise can barely be heard now?? Does that suggest anything?
Can't hear noise idle only near full lock and when dry steering? If so it could still be power steering pump, could also be your belt or maybe the PS fluid is too full or too old, unlikely though, some days mine is quieter than others but it's hard to guess online other people's problems
so no noise when you turn left losh i think you should chuck up a vid of this mystery noise if it not bushers bearings or diff what can it be unless it at the front end
And there lies the issue unless you know what to listen for its really hard to tell people on a forum enough info to give an informed answer. Im inclined to give it a flush and see what that does. Oil is probably over 12 months old. DX3 AFAIK doesn't last that long in PS pumps as it doesn't like the pressure. At least that is what i have been told in other forums.
this road trip is certainly bringing out the gremlins in the old girl
Does it have an lsd? Once the diff is warm/hot these LSD's tend to shudder and groan when going around tight corners. They don't seem to do it when cold. Mine's done it for years and is most noticeable in underground/multilevel carparks where everything echos.
Yeah LSD probably only semi functional. Do they get worse as they get older?
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