All of a sudden my car started making a wining noise. It tones down when the car is warm. Do you think it is the power steering fluid? it is at a minimum at this point .

Asked by Sep 17, 2013 at 02:30 PM about the 2004 Toyota Camry LE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

When I start up the car it immediately makes this wining noise.  I check the power steering fluid and it is at a minimum.  Do you think it could be low on transmission fluid?

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Your power steering fluid should be full not at a minimum. Does it wine more when you turn the steering wheel?

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Try to check for leaks around your steering wheel assembly. Also check fluid level and leaks around the steering wheel pump.

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If the transmission ios low on fluid, it will not make a whining noise. It will shift poorly and run hot until it self-destructs. Your noise is more likely a bearing or bushing going bad in the idler pulley (belt tensioner), water pump, alternator or power steering pump. Mine was the alternator.

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