nostalgia, and a question

Huw Powell audi at
Wed May 7 12:49:51 PDT 2008

> OK so now I have an interesting question. Recently (in my aging but still
> going strong '88 80Q), I noticed that on making left turns, I heard a
> sound kind of like my dog's squeaky toy being delicately squished.
> At first I thought it might be power steering related, and I thought I'd
> just wait and see if I started losing ability to steer. Instead, last
> night on the way home from class, I popped my high beams on and something
> else happened. Let's see if I can remember the order: either the sound
> came on and didn't go away until I popped the high beams off, or the
> sound came on when I popped down to low beams and the sound didn't go
> away until I turned off the lights before entering the garage. Shoot, I
> can't remember which it was, but it was one of the two.
> In any case, what does this sound like? Could I be pinching the light
> connector wire inside the steering column and it is shorting? I just can't
> figure out why there is a sound... if the horn ring might be involved
> somehow.

The second description sounds like alternator belt squeal when you 
demand more current.  Take a look at your voltage gauge next time it 
happens, or see if you can make it with low beams and, say, high fan?

Not sure if it's related to the steering sound, is it *exactly* the same 

Huw Powell

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