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1996 Ford Taurus just developed a power steering pump noise.

The fluid is a little low but I can see it at the base of the resevoir neck.
I just had an oil change a month ago and they supposedly topped it off then. I also had a serpentine belt and tensioner replaced at that time.

I read that you should only use specific power steering fluid and mixing brands may not be good for power steering pumps. I don't know what might have been used at the oil change facility.
The car has 114,000 miles and is in good mechanical shape otherwise.

Does a groaning noise mean the pump needs to be replaced?
Is there some other less expensive thing to try.

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Make sure it is full of power steering fluid. Fords use generic power steering fluid you can buy at any parts store.Or you can try a power steering additive like Lucus and it may help as a last resort to replacing the pump .

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