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I have a 97 Malibu, the car is making a rattling sound plus it is difficult to steer. The power steering pump was just replaced and the fluid level is fine. I looked at the belt - it looks like it is falling off the wheel. Not only does it make a rattling noise, but it also creates a burning smell and a bit of smoke by the belt. What can I do to fix this?

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Either the belt is completely worn or there is a problem in the rack which is preventing the fluid from moving through it if this has been happening sense the pump was changed I would say the problem here already burnt out one pump, and running it like that could very easily burn out that pump as well. most likely, you will need to replace your rack and pinion..

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Taryn, Well was the rack the problems? My 2000 malibu seems to do the same thing. What was the cost?

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