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It is a 2003 VUE all wheel drive, and it makes a whining…

It is a 2003...

It is a 2003 VUE all wheel drive, and it makes a whining sound when turning. I cannot readily see where to check the power steering fluid level. This is my mom's car and I am trying to help find out what is wrong.

Mechanic's Assistant: When was the fluid last checked? Have you heard any whining noises while turning the wheel?

I don't know when the level was last checked. My in-laws got the car for my mom in October 2017. It makes a whining noise when turning the wheel.

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your VUE yourself? What have you tried so far?

I am trying to see if simply adding power steering fluid might help, but am not sure where that can be checked.

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

No, thank you.

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Give me a few minutes to upload picture of where to check for you, thanks.

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Do you have the V6 or 4 cylinder engine?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I am not sure. This is not my car. Looking at the engine I cannot tell how many cylinders it has for sure.
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Can you just explain where to check for the power steering fluid level?

Can I get your vin number? This vehicle uses a electric power steering motor, not a pump.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
It is 5GZCZ43D83S875584

Thanks, ***** ***** the 4 cylinder. Can you hear noise outside car or only inside?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Dan, the car is in my mom's garage, and it is 5 degrees here right now. I can't take it out for a test drive this minute. Can you tell me if it is possible to check the power steering fluid level now? If not, I will sign off.

There is no power steering fluid, it is a electric motor that does not use fluid.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
OK, thank you.

N​o problem, I'm happy to help. It sounds like electric motor could be on the way out which is about a $500 repair at a shop. Let me know if there is anything else I can do to help. Thanks.

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Ever get it figured out? Let me know if you need anything. Thanks again and please do not forget to rate answer, 5 star rating is appreciated.

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