I checked the steering fluid it was nearly empty so I topped it up there and discovered it is leaking out the fluid I put into it!! There is a unusual sound from the car especially if I turn the steering wheel. Sounds like it could be a problem with the belt. Do you think this will be an expensive job? Do you also think will it be ok to drive approx 2miles to a garage in the morning if i top it up beforehand without causing damage?
Hi..there thanks for getting back to me..
By the sounds of your fault if the fluid is leaking out at the rate you describe then that's going to be the initial problem here so you've basically found the fault anyway - So the next step really you need to do is track down exactly where is leaking from so it a case of starting off at the reservoir and follow the pipes checking as you go towards the pump then off to the steering rack and the back the reservoir again each time as you go checking from the exit point as per the leak you mention..and which ever section or part of the system is leaking need to be replaced..the noise your hearing is because the pump isn't able to supply or sustaine enough pressure or currently air pockets in the steering system due to the lack of steering fluid and thus you get that noise from the pump itself since it basically running dry and the heavy steering etc and this can damage the pump if left to run without enough fluid - as far as cost it would be hard to say really as we don't know yet which part of your steering system is at fault..only once the investigative work has been done to trace the leak will you know the costs involved - personally if the leak is really bad and draining the reservoir too quickly then it wouldn't be advisable to drive the car in that state or risk the pump/rack being damage even further if not already due to lack of fluid - it maybe worth if you know locally a good reputable mobile mechanic or your local garage you use often to come out and see exactly if its something that can be fixed on site..I do hope this helps..If you need to ask anything else or include further info then just continue before you rate..