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Even if i had other problemsbad rack and pinionect.shouldnt the pump still be working circulating fluid thru the system?

Even though im almost positive that i have a bad pump im really leaning towards having it tested just to see although i think it is a waste of money cause the empty reservoir should have filled with the fluid from the pump

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The reservoir supplies fluid to the pump as it returned from the steering gear.Fill the reservoir and see if the noise goes away and the steering is easier.

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