How to determine weather it is the power steering pump, or hose?
My car makes a really loud sound, I'm pretty sure it's coming from the power steering, I just want to make sure I get the right one. Not sure yet weather it's leaking out of the hose or pump. I don't want to change one and then it be the other??
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Re: How to determine weather it is the power steering...
Power steering will make a buzz nosie and it will get worse when the steering wheel is turned. It usually is just low n power steering fluid. Check that first. The other is a belt squeal noise, worse when turning, which usually just requires tightening unless it's self tensioning syste. Or replace the belt. Need a better description of the nosie and results of fluid level check. Report back on findings.
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It sounds like you have blow a power steering line it sounds like the Pressure line as it would make a loud pop. There are two lines your pressure line and your return line. Check the pump so see if one of the lines is broken there if not it will have popped off at the steering rack.
It could simply have a leak but that would not make the pop sound.
The lines are relatively inexpensive and not really that hard to change.
Hope that helps..
Power steering pumps whine when they are low on fluid, or if they are goin bad. Serpentine belts also whine in cold weather or when they are goin bad. Tru spraying just a little WD40 on the belts when its running, if it goes away, you should be thinking about a new belt. If nothing changes, check the power steering fluid, if its full, take to a mechanic
Issue is not likely to be the power steering pump. The sounds are made when there is low fluid in the pump/system. Cheapest check is to make sure that the feed and return lines at the pinion housing are firmly attached. You could also have a leaking seals in the rack and pinion assembly. If you see bubbles in the power steering fluid and there is pressure in the power steering system, this is a strong indicator that the issue is seals and not the pump itself. In Regina, Canada, Canadian Tire charges $45 for an inspection. To replace the power steering pump is about $300, and just the hoses is about $145. Obviously the $45 inspection is your best bet.
Sounds like you need a new power steering hose. To verify this, I would dry up any wet areas on the hose and pump with a towel, get a flashlight and start the vehicle and try to determine the exact site of the leak which is usually at the ends of the hoses. Good luck!
To find out witch it is,pump or rack and pinion,break loose the presure line on the power steering pump with a wench.Start the car and turn the steering wheel back and forth,you may need to loosen the nut on the power steering hose two or three turns to get the fluid to shoot out.It should come out pretty forceful.If it doesn`t,then replace the pump.If it does come out really powerful,replace the rack and pinion.
check the level of fluid. fill it up to the proper level... turn the steering wheel all the way to the right stop and hold it there.. you should hear a noise... that's bleeding the air out of the system... now turn it all the way to the left and do the same... check the level and top up if necessary. if this doesn't fix it the rack and pinion my be in need of replacement or the steering pump.
sounds like a high pressure hose or rack and pinion would have to get underneath and take a good look at it while someone starts it and turns the whell all the way to tyhe left or right and hold it there till you see the leak