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If the squeal is mechanical (belt slipping) and you have a serpentine belt, either your tensioner is not functioning properly, or the belt has stretched to the point where the tensioner cannot keep proper tension. If you don't have a serpentine belt, tighten the belt using the appropriate adjuster.
If the squeal is air in the lines (more of a buzzing sound that you can sometimes feel in the steering wheel), you need to service the fluid reservoir, and it will take a little while for all the air to work out of the system.

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My van is having a hard time turning, would this be the power steering pump going out and if so how can I fix my 1998 Mercury villager

It could be or the steering rack . The power steering system uses a CII type power steering pump (3A674) and a power rack and pinion steering gear.

If you never replaced either of these parts before suggest you take to a ASE certified repair shop .
Pump Flow and Pressure Tests Before performing pump flow and pressure test, complete the following checks for conditions which could cause loss of power assist. Take corrective action if necessary.
  1. Check power steering oil reservoir (3A697) for proper fluid level.
  1. Check tires for correct air pressure.
  1. Check drive belt (8620) for proper tension.
  1. Check power steering pump (3A674) for correct model and vehicle application.
  1. Check for correct size power steering pump pulleys (3A733) on power steering pump and engine.
  1. Check entire system for damage. Replace parts, if necessary.
If the above items are correct, or have been corrected, and the loss of assist still exists, test power steering pump flow and pressure to determine whether the trouble is in the power steering pump , power rack and pinion steering gear or hoses.

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Car is dumping oil at front making a sqealing noise like its an oil pump

first check fluid levels --power steering--oil--transmission --if power steering low or out pump will sequel look for blown hose or seal----if oil is low or empty than look under around oil filter [hole damaged or blown gasket ] spraying on belt causing sequel if not filter than trace oil leak possible oil pan damaged or gasket crack or head or valve gasket-----if trans low or empty look at pan- gasket ,or damaged check trans cooling lines to radiator-----these are your leak areas under hood your oil pump is internal in oil pan and you usually dont hear it

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2003 chevy silverado steering wheel turns easy to the left but really hard to turn back to the right while vehicle is not rolling

check the power steering rack / box for correct hose connections .. check steering / rack for correct operation as the valves in the unit may not be functioning properly.

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My steering wheel is hard to turn i am driving a 2005 pontiac g6 power steering is very hard to turn how ca this be fixed

My guess is the power steering belt is missing, snapped, or so slack it does not drive the PS pump.
Get someone to check/adjust.
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Key won't turn in ignition

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Ac quit working right after speedometer quit working around 60 mph. the rpms after i got off the interstate started to jump and my steering wheel seemed hard to turn

Hello, The reason why it was hard to steer was the engine wasn't running. The rpm, seedo, air condition, power steering does work if the engine has died. First check to see the belts are on the pulley and rolls in the engine carpment. If they are on and not broken then you other problem.

Will you car start, if doesn't. You could have run out of fuel?. Power steer pressure valve is faulty, broke a timing belt, run out of oil and the engine quit working. Engine got hot and stopped.

If it not starting, call a wrecker have them take to a garage of your choice. GB...stewbison

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When the car is on and the power steering pump warms up the power steering doesn't want to work once it warms up it is very hard to turn there are no leaks and the fluid it full

it could be that the pressure relief valve in the pump is not working properly,it may be faulty or just needs to be reset,you may have to take the vehicle to a qualified power steering workshop to have it pressure tested & reset.....hope this helps......cheers.

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Hi, Your belt is put on incorrectly that is why the power steering doesn't work. Try to redo it.
We have looked for a diagram and no where to be seen. My advice is go get a manual. (Haynes)
Good luck.

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1997 chevy lumina-very hard to turn to left

Most of the time the pump will make a whining noise when used. this is a warning for a bad malfunctioning pump. if there is no noise during a hard turn, it will most likely be an issue with the steering assembly. heres a step by step guide on checking the pump.

Step1 Check the fluid levels of your vehicle first. Add power steering fluid if necessary before you proceed any further. Step2 Connect the power steering pump and hose to the pressure gauge and shutoff valve. Fit the hose to the power steering pump correctly. Make sure the shutoff valve is open before test the power steering pump. Step3 Idle the engine while turning the steering wheel all the way to the right and all the way to the left to release any air from the power steering pump. Step4 Close the shutoff valve to check system pressure for about 5 seconds. If the shutoff valve is closed longer than 5 seconds, your power steering pump can overheat and this can cause damage to the pump itself. Step5 Compare the pressure reading against the manufacturer's specifications. If the pressure is within limits, your power steering pump is working correctly and you're ready to roll. Step6 Troubleshoot if the pressure reading is not the same as the manufacturers specifications. Consult the manual for your vehicle or for your power steering pump (if you just installed a new one) to determine the source of any further problems.

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