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Im not sure if it is a power steering problem but when I turn the wheel (mostly on the right) I hear some squeeking sounds. I just bought this car and I am unfamiliar about "noises".

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Are you moving when you hear the sounds? If not it could be a bad ball joint or a bad strut. Both will squeak when you turn the wheel when still. If you can grease the ball joint it will usually go away, but it is starting to wear out and really should be replaced. If it is the strut it needs to be replaced.
Hope that helps.

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