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Loud squealing from power steering pump - do I need new PS pump?

Upon start up the power steering pump belt squeals, it quiets down but squeals when I turn the wheel and if I accelerate hard the belt squeals again. I have replaced the belt but am unsure if the power steering pump needs replacing or if the cause is in the power steering rack. I have not noticed any significant leaks from the rack.

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  • Norman Wagner Jan 15, 2009

    I do not think that is it. It made no noise for the first week or so that i owned the car. I replace and adjusted the belt tension. I did add Lucas power steering oil to stop minor seal leakage on the sterring rack. No leaks now but the noise instead.

  • Norman Wagner Jan 15, 2009

    I do not think it is belt tension. What else could cause the belt to squeal? The power steering pump is putting up a lot of resistance to turning therefore causing the belt to slip and squeal. Could the resistance to the PS pump turning be the steering rack's fault?

  • Anonymous Jan 16, 2009

    the stuck oil pressure relief valve theory makes a lot of sense. When I drive for a bit it almost completely goes away. It causes a lot of back pressure that the pump has to overcome resulting in squealing from the fanbelt. It would be a lot cheaper, and possibly easier to replace the valve first and see if it helps. Thanks!!!

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Hi Norman,

Sounds like the adjustment may not be correct on the power steering belt, with the tension not being enough, after you replaced the belt ?

Try giving it a little more tension, and go from there.

Hope I have been of help.

Good Luck !


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    John Quinn Jan 15, 2009

    Hi Norman

    Most unusual to be the steering rack, more the pump itself.

    Is there any signs of frothing in the Power Steering Reservoir oil ?

    Possibly the oil pressure relief valve on the pump is faulty, building up excess back pressure ?

    Has the car ever been in an accident ?

    Let me know.

    Good Luck !



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Hi! The pulley could be worn or the belt is not properly adjusted.Causing the belt not to grip the pulley but slide on it,creating a friction.

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