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    Thread: Whining Noise When Turning at Low Speeds

    1. Member r0nd3L's Avatar
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      02-05-2007 09:09 PM #1
      Recently, I have noticed my car making some whining/humming noise when I'm turning at low speeds. It happens when I'm stopped at stop sign (for example) and starting off in 1st while turning either left or right. Other than these kind of situations, it never happens. It's 1.8T AWP 02M, btw. Don't think it's power steering because when I turn steering wheel while stopped, there are no noises.
      Anybody have a clue what can it be?

    2. 02-05-2007 09:18 PM #2
      Make sure you check our power steering fluid!!!
      Get this!!!
      http://ecstuning.com/stage/edp...=1801
      OEM fluid made by Pentosin!!!
      Same scenario with me, my fluid was way low!!!


      Modified by alomI wolleY iTG at 9:20 PM 2-5-2007

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      02-05-2007 09:29 PM #3
      Quote, originally posted by alomI wolleY iTG »
      Make sure you check our power steering fluid!!!
      Get this!!!
      http://ecstuning.com/stage/edp...=1801
      OEM fluid made by Pentosin!!!
      Same scenario with me, my fluid was way low!!!

      Did yours make noise when you turn the steering wheel while stopped?

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      02-05-2007 09:34 PM #4
      I just checked PS fluid, and it's right at the Min mark which I assume is fine.
      Like I said, steering doesn't make noise whenever I'm standing still and turning.

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      02-05-2007 09:34 PM #5
      Quote, originally posted by r0nd3L »
      Did yours make noise when you turn the steering wheel while stopped?

      I was almost empty and mine did the exact same thing man. check it for sure, it's real easy.
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      02-05-2007 09:56 PM #6
      Must not be PS fluid if it's at the right level? Do you think it's worth filling it up a little so it's at least half-way between Min and Max levels?

    7. 02-05-2007 10:06 PM #7
      i put my up to the max line
      my did noises while steering as well as slowly accelerating from a dead stop

    8. 02-05-2007 10:09 PM #8
      Forget your PS fluid, I'd be looking at changing your tranny fluids...

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      02-05-2007 10:17 PM #9
      Quote, originally posted by LowFlyinRabbit »
      Forget your PS fluid, I'd be looking at changing your tranny fluids...

      That's what I'm thinking too, it's that secret TSB nobody knows about, right?
      What would be good fluid to change? Redline MT-90, stock?

    10. 02-06-2007 12:24 AM #10
      Def good to put in some redline, especially if you drive "spirited"

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      02-06-2007 07:50 AM #11
      Quote, originally posted by LowFlyinRabbit »
      Def good to put in some redline, especially if you drive "spirited"

      I'd like some MT-90, but the cold issue scares me a little. I drive to school everyday three miles away, so car doesn't really get to warm up fully. I don't know how would Redline act in this situation.

    12. 02-06-2007 09:50 AM #12
      Quote, originally posted by r0nd3L »
      I'd like some MT-90, but the cold issue scares me a little. I drive to school everyday three miles away, so car doesn't really get to warm up fully. I don't know how would Redline act in this situation.


      just let it warm up for like 15 before you leave

    13. 02-06-2007 10:49 AM #13
      i had redline mt90 while working in Cincy... hated its cold temp characteristics... with a short shifter everything was horribly notchy
      i eventually went with pennzoil synchromesh after dealing with redline for 20k miles. pennzoil has treated me well for the past 25k miles in NY.
      Car had factory fluid for first 20k, then redline MT90 for 20k, now pennzoil synchromesh for 25k+.

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      02-06-2007 10:55 AM #14
      Low pitched "hum"?
      I get it too. I searched around and some people said it was wheel bearings, some said power steering fluid, and some said that it was normal and that all of the cars do it. So......choose which ever one you want to believe

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      02-06-2007 03:17 PM #15
      Yeah it's low pitched hum, not noticeable that much but annoying to me.
      As far as tranny fluid goes, I think I'll just go for fresh OEM as I don't think I'll like the others. Another option would be to go with GM Synchromesh as a lot of peeps really like it.


      Modified by r0nd3L at 3:38 PM 2-6-2007

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      02-06-2007 05:34 PM #16

      I had a similar problem I fixed just last night.

      My wheel-well liner had been kinda torn, so it was rubbing on one of my tires when I would turn at low speeds. I had it happen on the other side a while back.
      THe problem with 18 inch wheels on our cars is you cannot make a full turn left or right, it will eventually mess up your wheel-well liner depending on how fast and hard you turn doing it.
      So to fix it, I drilled a hole into the end of the liner (careful not to go into my tire) and ran a zip-tie to something where I'm hoping it will hold up. My friend fixed the other side the same way, but we did it at his tire-shop when it was on a lift. Fortunately I was able to fix mine last night in my driveway without having to jack it up much (didn't even need to do that really).

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      02-06-2007 05:40 PM #17
      Mine fender liners are fine. Good suggestion though.
      Man, this is getting annoying when you don't know what's the problem... Will change tranny fluid since I'm due anyway and see if that fixes anything.
      Fluid chose is complicated, though


      Modified by r0nd3L at 4:41 PM 2-6-2007

    18. 02-06-2007 05:56 PM #18
      Did you check your CV boots? If your boos are busted the grease will leak out and you might be getting the same noise.

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      02-06-2007 05:58 PM #19
      Quote, originally posted by StoicDude »
      Did you check your CV boots? If your boos are busted the grease will leak out and you might be getting the same noise.

      Yes, my right inner CV boot was tore, leaked some grease, but my mechanic put a zip tie on (I believe he did, hopefully didn't forget...).
      Thanks for reminding that though, I'll check that out.
      Btw, how do you go around fixing something like that? Need to dissamble everything and take the axle out?

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      02-06-2007 06:25 PM #20
      Decided to go with Pennzoil Synchromesh for my tranny.

    21. 02-06-2007 08:22 PM #21
      its your turbo

    22. 02-06-2007 08:39 PM #22
      I highly recommend the VW G052171A2 synthetic transmission oil. It's thinner than ANY aftermarket manual transmission lube you can buy, and it shifts FANTASTIC. Incidentally, it's what VW recomends for the 02m.

      Look at some used oil analysis reports on BobistheOilGuy.com ... Pennzoil synchromesh does not protect VW tranny's adequately.
      Any of the redline oils are too thick, as with Specialty Formulations oils.

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      02-06-2007 09:09 PM #23
      Quote, originally posted by rs1 »
      its your turbo

      huh

    24. 02-06-2007 09:11 PM #24
      Quote, originally posted by MA_GLI_18t »
      Look at some used oil analysis reports on BobistheOilGuy.com ... Pennzoil synchromesh does not protect VW tranny's adequately.

      I have (not as of recently) but was unable to find material on oil analysis of O2M with Pennzoil/GM Synchromesh.

    25. 02-06-2007 09:13 PM #25
      You're right! I couldn't find any now either ... I know they were there at one time ...

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