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156 V6 Power Steering

Had a bit of a whine coming from my power steering recently, sounded like a knackered bearing or something as I turned the wheel

Checked the level on Friday as it says in the handbook - engine running, pump the fluid round by turning lock to lock a few times - and had to top up by a significant amount (couldn't say how much exactly). It's now behaving properly again, however I had to do the same earlier in the year and so am wondering what the cause of the problem is likely to be.

Are there any common failures in the V6's power steering system, anywhere I should check for an obvious leak? Or is it garage time?

Advice appreciated, cheers...

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mine did this in a similar fashion, it will soon dump its contents on the road, under the battery the pipes dive down next to the drive shaft, there is a bracket which clamps the pipes to the body, there are plastic collars bonded onto the alloy pipes apparently the position of this bracket and the pipes means it gets covered in road grime, salt etc. Mine corroded under the plastic collar, not apparent when blowing through the pipe, but it shows up when the pressure is applied by the power steering system.
Its a fiddly job and if you do get pipes, make sure you get the short rubber hoses as well, when I did mine, the rubber hoses on the replacement pipes I got one had a pin hole in it which took ages to trace .
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