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My power steering pump has been leaking , making noises and steering has been tight. Eventually my serpintine belt snapped and sprayed fluid EVERYWHERE and caused smoke. whats wrong exactly and what should be repaired

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Leaking power steering pump can be oil seal.or the gasket, maybe loose bolts or pipes.
steering is tight because of leaking on the sytem also the noises is from the pump.

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you can spray wd40 on the pulleys but remember this isnt a oil or lube it will just stop the noise for a couple of minutes so you could tell witch pulley is causing you the problem your better of buying a proper spray lube and give all the pulleys a spray where the bearing is in the middle this should then solve any noises you hear.

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