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Old 01-20-2012, 06:55 AM   #1
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When I make a tight turn (pull into a parking space, out of my driveway) I hear a grinding/crunching/crinkling noise, like the steering is struggling, almost stretching, once I turn my wheel about 80-90% to full turn. It only seems to happen the first 15 minutes or so that I am driving. Can anyone help me diagnose?
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Old 01-20-2012, 01:20 PM   #2
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You're low on steering fluid.
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...and maybe have a leak...
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Its most likely your power steering. If you have the steering wheel all the way to the left or right for longer than 15 seconds it starts to make a noise? look at your owners manuel for details


When I make a tight turn (pull into a parking space, out of my driveway) I hear a grinding/crunching/crinkling noise, like the steering is struggling, almost stretching, once I turn my wheel about 80-90% to full turn. It only seems to happen the first 15 minutes or so that I am driving. Can anyone help me diagnose?[/QUOTE]
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True, it could be a leak. Just top it up for now and if it happens again, then start looking for a leak.
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Could also be a bad CV joint from a torn CV boot. If so, it needs to be replaced, since its now making noise from a lack of lubrication.
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My vote is for a failing CV joint (likely one of the outers) on the front. You can get new axle assemblies (with new CV joints) for about $100 per side if that turns out to be the problem.

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