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Power steering whine

I replaced my steering rack and pump with new parts, no reman, I can not get rid of the whine, but the steering works great. What can I do????

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I don't know if this will work, but if it is the same whinning sound that I have heard, all it takes is to buy some belt dressing and spray on the belts and pullys.

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  • Terry Edwards Oct 05, 2010

    I have never fixed a noise with belt dressing on a serpentine belt, usually causes a nasty mess and causes more problems. It sounds more like air in the system that needs bled out, ford has a procedure to bleed the air out.



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