( This may be a duplicate – but I did a search and "moaning cow" didn't come up ;-)

I have a 2001 VW Golf. I just had a lot of work done on it and they "topped off" the power steering fluid because I had reported the "moaning cow" sounds. It went away for a week or so but now the sound has returned.

Can someone explain what might be going on? Also, is there a safety issue here?

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    Have you checked the power steering fluid level again?
    – HandyHowie
    Commented Dec 7, 2019 at 8:42
  • Moaning cow? Possibly related to this issue?
    – zipzit
    Commented Dec 8, 2019 at 5:22

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Sounds like sucking air because of a low oil level. That is consistent with it going away when oil is added , and coming back when oil leaks out.

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