Hoping I can get some info before I take my car to the mechanic
tomorrow. I bought a 1989 Mercury Cougar LS on Friday, and just today
(Wednesday), it started making a weird sound when you turn the
steering wheel either way. It's loud enough that if you roll down the
window, you can hear it outside. It's a bit harder to turn as well,
but not like having to yank it like a rack and pinion problem. It was
riding like a dream until this happened. Any comments or suggestions?
Thanks so much in advance,
As long as it's not a clunk, clank, or bang, I agree with the other
responses, check the power steering fluid. A friend had occasional clanking
in his '93 and one day a ball joint came loose up front as he was turning,
the wheel stuck out almost sideways! They are wonderful cars, check it and
Usually this vintage power steering pump uses Ford Type F transmission fluid.
Under duress it
turns from red to burnt to black. If the pump is filled up with black fluid the
pump could be
cooked. You might get lucky by draining out the black fluid and replacing with
fresh type F or
a synthetic equivalent.
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