Here are a few thoughts: Fords are whiny in their steering systems, but not grinding. two possibilities that come to mind. One is the steering rack. Having said that I wouldn't replace it because of noise. Second is a product called "Lucas." They have a Power Steering additive that really works most of the time to quiet or prevent a chatter when turning. Sorry I don't have an answer for you, but my 2000 Windstar does the same thing, and several different dealerships tell me this is just how Fords are which is ridiculous! i know it sounds dumb but check to make sure your mud flaps are fully secured and that the tire is not rubbing on them. it may be the bearing in the upper strut mount which causes a grinding noise. you may also find the sway stabilizer link may need to be changed grinding and clunking noises especially when turning can sometimes be the outer CV joints. Check your lower balljoint.. L & R With '95 and '00 Windstars the Tie rod joints can dry out. They do not have zerk fittings to inject grease but I've had 2 go bad on the driver side (Left). I finally slit the rubber seal, applied 5 drops of Triflow oil (with Teflon) and 3 years later still no noise. Sounds "Mickey Mouse" but Triflow is really a superior lubricant and great for galled up screw extraction. No, I don't work for them in any way! If you do replace the tie rod end simply count the number of turns as you unthread the old one and insert the new one the same number of threads. Alignment will very extremely close for toe adjustment. I had a similar problem with my 98 Windstar, caused by broken front suspension springs, which caused the tire to rub on the spring assembly. If this is the case, there will be a strong smell of burning rubber. There is a recall for the 98 models' springs.
I'm no mechanic, but it sounds like you are low on power steering fluid, check it out...
Power steering box... Steering fluid level low,dirty or needs replacing... If power steering fluid is white then your box is damaged...
A defective CV joint will make a grinding noise when you turn the steering will. A bad strut can also cause a grinding noise.
Yes, it may also need power steering fluid. You need someone that is a shade tree mechanic to check it out. Yes, it may also need power steering fluid. You need someone that is a shade tree mechanic to check it out.
Yes, it's possible, but unlikely
Grinding, rough steering, fluid leaking from seals.
someone said torque converter. mechanic tried replacing high pressure hose but problem still there. I thought power steering pump cos it was replaced December 2012 and problem started soon after. mechanic (bates) said the problem is hard to diagnose. this information was added by the original poster
Check out the bearings in the steering column and the knuckles in the steering shaft
the dealership told me that it is due to the steering column needing to be lubricated
Most likely the C.V. joint needs replacing. The grinding noise is usually a sort of clicking sensation. Another problem you might have is similar the the problem i had with my clio. when i put the steering on full lock i could hear a grinding noise. the thing i did was have my car checked by a garage and they found that the suspension had shattered. you need to get it checked.
many reasons, steering pump, cv joints may be going out, or you could be grinding some plastic that goes around the wheel
it is the powering steering pump and or PS fliud leak
get a mechanic to do it
you simply GET A MECHANIC!!
Get a mechanic
My leaks power steering fluid -- MOST of the time is it the hoses. Try replacing those first. You'll need a good mechanic with the proper tools to replace the pump. But I'd bet one of the hoses is rotted.
I am not a mechanic, but I know you have a problem. I would suggest draining the transmission and replacing it with the proper fluid. I wouldn't drive it because I think that might worsen the problem.
There could be a problem in the steering linkage but most likely, the power steering pump is bad or low in fluid
u need to grease ur rubber bushes in the steering column .
The newer VW's have a electro mechanic steering system so there is no power steering reservoir typically found in hydraulic steering systems.
To change direction.
The "awful grinding sound" might be a problem with your power steering
By half the time, do you mean one direction is bad, or either direction half the time? If one direction is off, it is probably the switch in the steering column. If it is either direction intermittent, try replacing the flasher. Hard to diagnose based on your description.
grinding means the bearings inside steering column are worn out go to a steering column specialist to have them replaced if you leave it to long, you will also need new shaft in column, then the cost will go up by about 400 bucks
Take it to a mechanic