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Power steering problem, noise coming from engine, 97 montero

1997 Mitsubishi Montero LS, 4x4 150K miles.
all belts including timing belt have been replaced in last 3 months, water pump replaced 3 months ago. alternator replaced two weeks ago.

There is a strange noise coming from the engine area, somewhat of a clanking, clicking sound, sometimes with chirping. the engine seems to run fine, but the power steering froze up and its nearly impossible to steer. when parked and i move the steering wheel from side to side the power steering pulley and belt (and all the other belts too) come to a complete stop for a second, go slow and then start up again when i release the wheel. it doesnt seem like its just the power steering motor thats frozen and the belt is slipping around the pulley, its like all the belts freeze up. from underneath the car, it also seems like the crankshaft isnt turning smoothly, as if its rubbing or scraping on something. i thought i noticed some light metal shavings or dust coming from there.
any help is greatly appreciated!!
Aaron

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Your experiencing the same thing my 02 is experiencing- your crankshaft pulley is slipping on the crankshaft. It only does it under load, i.e. turning steering wheel(loads the power steering pump) running heater blower on high with headlights on (loading the alternator) or running the a/c with blower (loading the a/c compressor and alternator). Turning off all lights, blowers, ac, etc and allowing the car to idle should kill the slipping until loaded again. This problem is very serious and very expensive if your don't catch it early. It require repairs ranging from tightening the crank to pulley bolt, to replacing the pulley AND your crankshaft if it is allowed to continue. if you cannot get it serviced immediately then do your best to keep loads off of your belts by driving with the blower off, A/C off, and lights used only when necessary. Also try to avoid extreme tight turns which load your power steering pump. Your repair, if not done asap, will cost you upwards of around $3k since the motor must be removed and completely torn down to replace your crankshaft and pulley. I would seek a tech who will exhaust every other method- i.e. sleeving, welding, etc. to effect a repair. Just don't put it off because it will only get worse...

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