An Alfa owner
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: United Kingdom
Dreaded power steering groan !
Had the car just over a month without it putting a foot wrong! Then suddenly yesterday she developed a very loud power steering groan and whine !
PAS res is full and no obvious leak from the steering rack, diagnosed as coming from the pump although reading the threads here it could be the bottle res which is at fault. It does have the red fluid and the bottle doesn't seem to have been changed for the updated version. Fluids frothing and recirculating quickly leading me to believe its sucking in air.
Freighted to drive the car in case it causes more damage before I have chance to drain the system fit a new bottle and see if it's resolved I'd not it's looking like a new pump.
So a word of warning to anyone buying a second hand 159 - as a matter of course I'd change the reservoir for a new updated one ASAP!
I'm hoping I've been lucky and caught mine before its knackered the pump.
Will keep all updated!