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Hey guys new to the forum so let me start off with saying howdy. I just have a (hopefully quick) question. I picked up a 97 ls400 around august and its been running pretty well. Recently I've been getting a whining/grinding noise from the power steering. When idle or driving straight theres a slight whine but when I turn its like I let the bulls out the gate haha, its starts howling and I hear a grinding noise while I turn. I figure its a belt and maybe some bolts or pinions need tightening or whatever just thought id run it by yall first. Thanks.

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Welcome to the club!

Have you checked the power steering fluid?

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The PS units whine a lot when they are low on fluid which is fairly common.

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hah I feel dumb because I havent checked it, Ill have to go give that a look. I dont think that would cure the grinding situation though?

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you'd be suprised! i once let my p/s pump leak just a bit too long without refilling it, and it howled, whined and grinded. The resivour was near dry, but once I refilled it it was next to perfect. I ended up replaceing the pump 3 weeks later because of the leak, so I cant really tell you how, if at all, it causes premature wear and tear.

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