Groaning noise from steering

SSR S500

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Recently my car (2002/02 S500) has started to make a groaning noise when turning the steering. Happens when not up to full temperature and slow speeds.

Does anyone have a solution for this?
By the way the car had a major service last week and is currently on 55k miles.
Could it just be a case of power steering fluid needing topping up?
Thanks in advance for your help
 

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It could be a bottom balljoint needing replaced.

You should have it investigated asap
 

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Yes it could be a bottom swivel as 47p2 says, also the is the serpentine belt glazed at all. Do take a close look at the condition of the belt and look for any minor cracking
 

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^ as above but yes, it could be a little low on steering fluid and is the cheapest/easiest thing to check. Mine groaned when turning after I accidentally let a little fall out doing another job. :Oops:

Interestingly, it only required about 50-75ml to get back to full so is obviously quite sensitive to fluid level.

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If assuming it goes completely when hot it ain't ball joint/s and belt hmmmm
fluid level easy first check and is it clean?
oh and is the groaning inside or outside the car (youv'e not got a body in the boot have you)
 
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the noise does go completely once car has settled at up to temperature. I'll start by checking the steering fluid tomorrow. I had ball joints go on my previous S500 but this definitely doesn't sound the same.

Television- where in the engine bay do I find the serpantine belt? Is there anything I can do to protect it? sorry but I am no mechanic

Thanks for the responses, greatly appreciated
 

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