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    what does it sound like when the power steering pump is about to go out?

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    Is it making noise? I'd check the fluid level/check for any leaks. Noise on start up could also be a bad pulley.

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    Could be anything from a persistent low groan, to high pitch metal-to-metal sound.

    Never hold the wheel at full lock for an extended period.

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    Mine went out last year and started to whine when you turned the wheel one direction. It was kind of a high pitched whine. I bought a new one and installed a cooler in-line with the return line. Works great now. Hope this helps.

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    i think....wait...i know i have a bad steering return pump, i've also noticed the color of my steering fluid is like murky-brown...is that right???

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    It was'nt the pump, all the pulleys needed replaced and the belts too.
    Thanks for the replys though

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    sometimes pumps get air in the system and will make noise. sometimes the fluid is low and will make noise. sometimes a pully is bad. sometimes the bearings in the pump are bad. any of these will make a loud groaning or screeching sound. very annoying.

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    ALLL OF THE PULLEYS?!?!?

    damn..that had to be expensivve

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    for 2 of them and labor it was $99. But they had to order the other two, so I'm hoping it isn't that high also.

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    im having that problem. the noise is so annoying. just about constant. how do i check to see if its the pully?

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