Several months ago, or even a year ago, my power steering started acting funny - just whining as I would make a big turn. I discovered that my car was using a great deal of power steering fluid, or just leaking it, and so I started putting it in about once a month to prevent the whining and make the wheel easier to turn. I didn't mind it, as I thought it was a small leak and nothing more. In fact, it still might just be that.
However, last week I went to put in more power steering fluid, and the compartment was almost all the way full, and filled with froth. Shit. Ever since, I've really struggled with the power steering, and in fact really don't have any until I start driving for a few blocks. I can still drive my car, but it's extremely hard to turn the wheel sharply until it gets warmed up. I couldn't, say, have my mom drive the car.
I just looked it up on cartalk.com, and it doesn't seem good. It could be something minor, but they mentioned that if the power steering needs to be rebuilt, then you should plan on taking a loan out on your home. Shit.
And, so, readers, I have a real question for you: Who can recommend a good mechanic, preferably in the North Baltimore area?
I've never had to bring this car in for service before, excepting the usual - oil, brakes, tires. The Electric Blue 2000 Pontiac Grand Am has been a great car for me, but it turned 100,000 miles last week, and I know that's the age when repairs will start occurring. It's also paid off, though, and I think it can last me another couple of years, and it's still beautiful, so I'm hoping this job is under $500 and then I can go along my day. Who knows of a good, honest mechanic? Has anyone had experience with power steering problems?
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