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Steering system makes a whining noise when van turning left or right. Noise started when turning to left but now does in both directions and is getting louder. What partis causing noise?

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    louder with rpms.not when turning the wheel

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This is caused by the power steering pump, the only way to correct it is to flush the power steering system and replace the pump

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turn the wheel all the way to the right and hold steady pressure against the stop. this puts maximum force on the power steering pump and, if the power steering pump is the one making the whine, it will change the sound of it. (usually louder).

if the trans pump is making the whine noise, it should sound different in neutral compared to drive. this test will really only work if it make the noise without the vehicle moving. if it wont do it at idle hold the rpms at 2000 or so.

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