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Old 10-15-2012, 02:14 PM   #1
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Default 08 WRX Power Steering Noise - Pump or rack?

EDIT: Update after checking PS Fluid levels. Fluid was super low, which was causing the whine. I filled it up to the proper amount and no longer have the noise issues but I do feel a few slight jerks in the wheel when turning, which are barely noticeable. There is obviously a leak somewhere so that will be my next venture.


I recently had my subie in at the dealer and they told me my power steering rack? was going, it could not be repaired (unserviceable), and it was fine to drive until it got worse, which would then require replacement. I didn't notice anything at the time but now when I start my car there is a noticeable whine, which gets louder as rpm's increase and when I turn the wheel there is a clicking sound and the wheel shudders a bit. The video below demonstrates the "shudder" (at 0:05) and then the whine after. The sound is not the best so you may have to turn it up.

I have been through all of the "Power Steering Noise" threads and I seem to have the same issue. I have searched for "Power Steering Rack" and I can't find anything regarding the "rack" itself. The subaru tech said it was the Power Steering Rack which needed to be replaced so I am a little confused.

Does anyone know if this issue sounds more like a power steering pump and not the rack itself? Or if it is the rack, has anyone had to replace it?

Thanks in advance
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