If your vehicle makes a grinding sound when you turn the steering wheel, it’s speaking to you. No, really, it is. So listen to what it’s saying and you could avoid a much more costly repair down the road.
A grinding sound coming from the front of your vehicle when you are turning can offer some very informative clues as to what’s going on. One cause could be that there’s a problem with the mechanical linkage that enables you to turn the wheels. Another is that the hydraulic system that makes turning the steering wheel easier may have its own problems.
Think of it. Hydraulic power steering has many components that need to work in tandem. The power steering fluid may be too old and contaminated. Or its level may be low. That may be caused by a leak somewhere in the system. A technician can check things over to find out exactly what’s happening.
Other causes of grinding while turning can be problems with the suspension in the front. You may have a failing CV (constant velocity) joint. It could be your brakes are partially engaging while you are turning. That metal-on-metal sound is never a sign that things are working just the way they’re supposed to.
To a technician looking to pinpoint the problem with your vehicle, it’s not a daily grind at all. Experience and training will help her or him zero in on what’s causing the noise and get you back on the road. Maybe you can enjoy your sound system more after that distracting background noise has disappeared!