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Unread 04-10-2006, 02:38 PM   #1
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97 e39- groaning in front end

Hello, I have a 97 e39 and it's making a really loud groaning/squeaking sound in the front end when I turn or hit a bump or anything. Basically anytime there's body roll or the shocks/struts move. By the way, first thought was power steering, but the reservoir was full. Any suggestions??
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Unread 04-10-2006, 02:59 PM   #2
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Is the noise there when the car is stationary and you turn the wheel?
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Yup xsperf, I see drops on the steering rack and I can tell it's [HTML]coming from the seal but the ps fluid level is good. Seems weird, huh? I asked my dad and he said that if there's a leak in the system it loses pressure and that can cause the noise even if the level is full. Just having air in the system could cause the steering rack to not get fluid and make noise. But he's quick to say that he really doesn't know and that's just a guess, so what do you guys think?
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Easy way to bleed steering system of air is - while parked & idling turn wheel slowly from one side to the other. Going from one stop to the other. NOTE: DO NOT HOLD AGAINST THE STOPS ANY LONGER THAN 10 secs or so. After about 4 full cycles, air will be forced to the top of reservoir then check level.
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If not the steering, could this be a case of bad upper strut bearings?
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