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96 Grand Am Groaning

My 96 Pontiac Grand Am is making a loud high pitch groaning noise. Sounds like it's coming form the engine. Gets louder as I accelerate or make a turn. What is it?

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Sounds like the power steering pump failing. If it seems to be worse when you turn the wheel at a stop, it is time for a new p/s pump.

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