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Power Steering Pump bad?

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    Power Steering Pump bad?

    I've had my fluid flushed and replaced a couple of times now, it always looks brown, light brown and watery.

    Basically when my car gets warmed up theres a whining noise, and its terrible when taking turns.

    After a race at the track too if I go to turn around it feels like theres no power steering at all, just a god awful whining noise that makes me want to drive the car off of a cliff.

    Anybody else have this problem or know if its hard to fix?

    Thanks

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    Probably the power steering cooler, I had the same problem sounds like. Cost about $100 for the part, its the steel looking pipe that goes inbetween the 2 radiator hoses on the top of your radiator. Quick and easy fix, they are crap and seems to be a common problem with these cars. Whats happening is all your power steering fluid is leaking into your radiator, so your anti-freeze probably looks like chocolate milk right now. Get this fixed ASAP as it will ruin your motor if left undone for too long. And you will have to flush the piss out of your motor for a long time. Luckily for me I got a friend thats a mechanic for the FBI so I got all my flushs for free. I had this happen quite a few months ago and I'm still needing the radiator flushed every now and then.
    Flushed it about 8x to begin with after replacing the part.
    Heres a trick of the trade i'll let you in on, before you get it flushed, go to the store and buy a small container of Tide or some type of laundry detergent. Don't use too much maybe a cap full should be enough. Poor it in the radiator and flush it with a machine. Probably going to have to repeat this a number of times. Good luck.

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