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I have a 2001 S60 T5. Starting a few days ago the following began:<P>-A whining sound when I turn the wheel. The more agressively I turn, the louder the whine.<P>-An occasional slight vibration/stutter through the steering wheel when turning.<P>-Occassionally sluggish steering response ie it feels as though it's tougher to turn the wheel at times during a turn. But it's not uniform.<P>All these symtoms are exagerated when the car is cold and tend to decrease when the cars warms, but do not disapear.<P>I check the power steering fluid reservoir and it's full.<P>Any ideas before I take my car in?
 

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For the first time, I noticed brown fluid under the car. It appears to be on the opposite side of the car to the power steering reservoir. Is power steering brown?
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Val Silva:<BR><B>I have a 2001 S60 T5. Starting a few days ago the following began:<P>-A whining sound when I turn the wheel. The more agressively I turn, the louder the whine.<P>-An occasional slight vibration/stutter through the steering wheel when turning.<P>-Occassionally sluggish steering response ie it feels as though it's tougher to turn the wheel at times during a turn. But it's not uniform.<P>All these symtoms are exagerated when the car is cold and tend to decrease when the cars warms, but do not disapear.<P>I check the power steering fluid reservoir and it's full.<P>Any ideas before I take my car in?</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>It sounds like p/s fluid. That fluid is usually dark red so if it is tainted (especially with dirt) then it could appear brown.<P>Even if it is full, you could have a hole somewhere where an air bubble exists in any of the hoses and that deprives the p/s rack of the hydraulic pressure it needs, making it feel like there is lack of fluid.<P>We had a 2001 S80 2.9 (brand new) with the same symptoms a few months ago and we could not figure out (immediately) what the problem was. AT the end, we had to replace the entire power steering rack.<P>Good luck,<P>Yannis<P><P>
 
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