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1997 Chevrolet Malibu

Its making a whining sound when I get on the gas. Some say its the power steering pump

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Check for p/s leaks, if no leaks replace pump, raise front wheels off ground and turn steering wheel lock to lock until no air bubbles from p/s fluid before starting engine

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