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POWER STEERING SQUEEKS

I HAVE A 2002 ELANTRA . EVERY TIME I TURN THE STEERING WHEEL ALL THE WAY IT SQUEEKS LIKE HELL AND THE POWER STEERING PUMP FREEZES. DO YOU GUYS HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT IM DEALING WITH HERE?
I REPLACED THE BELT ALREADY.

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Belt too tight or too loose can cause this. Also make sure the hydraulic fluid is well topped up and there is no airlock in the system.

However if you mean the pump squeals when you turn to the very end of the stop on the lock and then hold it there this is can be normal behaviour for some pumps. It is not advisable to do this unless you are bleeding air out of the system as it puts a lot of pressure on the pump and can cause damage to it.

To eliminate air from the system as a possible cause. First remove the cap from the hydraulic header tank. Then move the steering to full lock on the left, repeat to full lock on the right and continue this procedure 10 times in total. Please note that this procedure works best with the car jacked up to eliminate the weight factor of the wheels. Make sure car is securely supported when both wheels are lifted off the ground of course. Check and top up fluid as necessary.

Finally you might want to try a power steering conditioner such as Wynes or Stopleak by STP. These can work wonders in quieting a power steering system down.

Posted on Jun 23, 2009

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