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There is a loud squeeking sound coming from the front of my 97 Fiesta ghia, sounds like the suspension or steering, can anyone help?

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  • Anonymous Jan 04, 2010

    Fixing4you, thanks for you reply, its usually during general driving not specically when going over bums, but it seems to be louder when driving slower, there is a wine coming from behind the steering wheel when driving at car park speed.

  • Anonymous Jan 04, 2010

    the problem is mainly when im driving slower, i realised today that there is a squeek from the suspension and when i turn the steering wheel while the car is stationary there is also a squeal

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This problem sounds most likely as if your tensioner pulley or idler puller are going bad or you have a bad belt... best way to test this is getting some belt dressing from your local auto-parts store and spraying the upside and underside of the belts with it as it's running and if the problem persists then try getting a wrench to tighten down on the pulleys themselves... if adding the tension to the pulley works that means that the pulley has gone bad...

also when the car is NOT running grab the belt with your fingers and check in between the grooves... generally a rule of thumb for those belts is if you have small cracks all along the inside of the grooves that are small but look kind of deep... just go ahead and get them replaced...

if this isn't the problem then message me and I will try to further diagnose for you but this is the most common factors in what you are experiencing and also the cheapest to fix as well...

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    Well that sounds more like a hydraulic pump... you should go to the dealership and let the mechanics tell you what is wrong with it for free....

    I call it the legal free consultation when you've scratched your head too long trying to guess what things are...

    But the being at idle and turning the wheel and it whining really bad is definitely a sign of a bad power steering hydraulic pump or something in that area...


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At what point durring engine running,steering wheel turning, going over bumps and uneven road, give me more details. Thank;s

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