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      Help! Lots of smoke and lots of noise from the steering rack

      Hey everyone, I started noticing smoke from under the hood and a loud whining from the power steering rack then power steering became very not powered. I popped the hood and smoke poured from the back near the turbo.


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      Possibly blew a power steering hose. The loud whining was the power steering pump running on low fluid, hard steering was due to no fluid, and smoke was the power steering fluid hitting the downpipe.
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      Quote Originally Posted by TiGreyS60 View Post
      Possibly blew a power steering hose. The loud whining was the power steering pump running on low fluid, hard steering was due to no fluid, and smoke was the power steering fluid hitting the downpipe.
      This. I'd guess that it's likely just a hose or clamp, unless the pump itself gave up, so I'd start with the connections and hoses, and go from there. Fluids dripping onto hot exhaust pipes causing massive amounts of smoke always gives you that awful feeling that you just killed your car. here's to hoping it's a quick cheap fix

      I had something similar happen to one of my other cars, an '89 Mercedes 300CE coupe. I got off the highway after a long trip and there was a TON of oil smoke pouring out from under the car, coming from oil dripping badly on the down pipe at the back of the motor. I thought the motor was terminal, even started pricing out replacements, but a smart tech recommended inspecting and replacing the oil pressure switch - a $50 part hidden behind the oil filter stand at the firewall. It took half an hour to swap out and completely fix the issue. Better than putting in a whole new engine - well, except that I found out how easy it is to swap in the V8 from a 500E, but that's a different story

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      Quote Originally Posted by TiGreyS60 View Post
      Possibly blew a power steering hose. The loud whining was the power steering pump running on low fluid, hard steering was due to no fluid, and smoke was the power steering fluid hitting the downpipe.
      Thanks! I'll look under in a few and see what I can


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      Quote Originally Posted by mylesph1 View Post
      This. I'd guess that it's likely just a hose or clamp, unless the pump itself gave up, so I'd start with the connections and hoses, and go from there. Fluids dripping onto hot exhaust pipes causing massive amounts of smoke always gives you that awful feeling that you just killed your car. here's to hoping it's a quick cheap fix

      I had something similar happen to one of my other cars, an '89 Mercedes 300CE coupe. I got off the highway after a long trip and there was a TON of oil smoke pouring out from under the car, coming from oil dripping badly on the down pipe at the back of the motor. I thought the motor was terminal, even started pricing out replacements, but a smart tech recommended inspecting and replacing the oil pressure switch - a $50 part hidden behind the oil filter stand at the firewall. It took half an hour to swap out and completely fix the issue. Better than putting in a whole new engine - well, except that I found out how easy it is to swap in the V8 from a 500E, but that's a different story
      Thanks hopefully it's something simple


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