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Burnt smell upon turnin

I have a 1997 Cougar and every time I start it or turn the wheel it sqeaks loud and has a horrible burnt smell.

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Sounds a bunch like the pump is binding...the noise and smell is the belt burning on the pulley when it is not turning. Likely you need a pump. However, first check that the belt tension is good if tensioner has failed it can also do this.

Posted on May 24, 2009

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Bring it to a mechanic. One of the pulleys are seizing up and that is causing the squeal and the smell. I would guess that it is the P/S pump but it would need to be inspected.

Posted on May 24, 2009

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