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Old 12-13-2017, 09:31 AM   #1
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Power Steering Noise

Recently, I've been noticing a noise when I back into a parking spot. I'm guessing it's coming from the power steering pump. I try to avoid turning the wheel to a full lock, but when I back into a spot, I turn it to nearly a full lock (1-3 inches away) or I turn it to a full lock and then back off a few inches. It's not a squeal, but it's more of a high-pitched grind. I had this on my Civic, but that was just normal to the car. I'm not sure whether this is something normal that I've never noticed on the GTI, or if I need fluid, or if the pump is starting to go. I don't notice the noise any other time, and I don't have any warning lights on the dash. The car is a 2012 GTI DSG.

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Old 12-13-2017, 09:59 AM   #2
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These cars have electric power steering, there's no pump or fluid.

As for the noise, it's hard to help without actually hearing it.
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Old 12-13-2017, 11:35 AM   #3
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I think I know what you are talking about. I always figured it was the suspension sound at full lock.
I only hear it when full lock. Soon as you back off full lock some, it goes away.

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Old 12-13-2017, 11:08 PM   #4
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With this kind of system, is it harmful to put the wheel at a full lock or not?
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Old 12-14-2017, 07:54 AM   #5
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Full lock is still hard on the motor and control unit, but the system is smart enough to dial back the assistance to protect the components.
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