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When your power steering pump goes out does it lock up your steering wheel

Can't turn my steering wheel and there's a loud grinding nosie and my power steering fluid is like a milky color

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I doubt it.
Usually when the pump fails it smokes the belt.
If the steering wheel will not turn and the fluid is contaminated, I would say the problem is the gear box or rack and pinion depending on the make model and year.

Posted on Jan 23, 2013

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  • Kimberley Badder Jan 23, 2013

    Its a 94 aero star

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    Stephen Jan 23, 2013

    The van would have a rack and pinion instead of a gear box. So the rack could have worn out.

  • Kimberley Badder Jan 23, 2013

    And this would make my steering wheel not turn

  • Kimberley Badder Jan 23, 2013

    Is this expensive to fix

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    Stephen Jan 23, 2013

    Well it would be several hundred dollars to replace the rack, front end alignment, and flush the system.

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    Stephen Jan 23, 2013

    A mechanic would disconnect the steering column from the rack to check it.


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Power steering pump goes bad it will make a whine growl noise.cause power steering fluid to aerated or foaming.

Posted on Jan 23, 2013

  • Kimberley Badder Jan 23, 2013

    Fluid is milky and its making a loud growl sound and my steering wheel won't turn when I'm trying to drive it

  • Jonah Oneal Jan 24, 2013

    sound like power steering pump bad.



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SOURCE: Power steering pump is clicking and whining

It seems who ever did the work may have removed the power steering pump to access the water pump and timing belt. After refilling they failed to bleed the air out or possibly left a return hose loose causing the pump to **** air hence the bubbles. The brown color in the fluid may indicate they have reused dirty fluid to refill the pump. Unfortunately if you have driven any distance with the air in the pump it will most likely need to be relaced.I would call the place who did the work and register a complaint.

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SOURCE: steering wheel grinding noise..sounds like no power steering

First, check and make sure it is full of fluid. If it's not fill it and watch for leaks. Hope this helps.

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SOURCE: whining or grinding noise/screech when we turn the wheel

Dear Screech And Whine......What you have described is definitely a power steering concern. And yes the fluid is low.....thanks for the accurate problem description!! You are correct on the filling the fluid part also......but keep in mind that if your power steering fluid is lo that you might very well also have a ps leak too.You can do a visual check and trace all of your ps lines to make sure that no fluid is escaping anywhere.....You ae more tha welcome to get back to me if you have any further questions...HOPE I COULD HELP!!!

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SOURCE: Whenever I turn my steering wheel left to right it makes a noise

if power steering fluid is bubbly, means that its sucking air somewhere before(sucking side) (or on) power steering pump. that would explain the noise. Check (when cold) fluid level. if level is low, top up before starting the car. had a lot of cars that high preasure hose was leacking fluid on restricting valve. if so, fluid comes out on the end of protecting cover of the hose. (driver side on spark plugs and down the engine). replace hose with original. do not try to make it your self, becouse steering wheel will shake, sinse restracting valve is missing.
But if you press brake pedal, that has nothing to do with it.

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SOURCE: squeeks and creeks from the front right wheel on my honda civic

you could have 2 problems. steering leak and poss a bearing. jack up the car and spin the right front wheel, makes noise there is a problem. if the noise only happens when you turn, with tire off turn the wheel and watch.

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