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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 17th, 18, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Power Steering Pump

Is there any sure-fire ways to tell if your power steering pump is bad. I have a squeaking noise that I believe is coming from the PSP pulley. Seems that it may be just a little bit off of alignment. I also have noise for a little bit after first running that happens when I turn the wheel. Possibly goes away after a little driving or I just don't notice it at least. Fluid level is good.
1. Could this be slippage of too loose of a belt or misalignment?
2. Possibly too tight of a belt causing the misalignment?
3. Bad pump?
4. Something else all-together?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 17th, 18, 07:31 PM
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I would start with the belt first. Check tension. Is the belt old, or glazed? All could cause a squeel or squeek.
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Re: Power Steering Pump

Doesn't appear to be glazed, not sure on the age. Could replace I guess just to be safe. Any recommendations on where to buy a new one from?

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Almost any auto parts store. I prefer Gates or Daco belts. Do you have any more adjustment left ? Could be that easy. If you are buying a new belt, take your old one with you to match it up with the new one.

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Re: Power Steering Pump

Keep in mind belts stretch with age. You may be at the limit of your adjustment with an old belt.

I might add you may want to buy one or two extras as the companies that make V-belts now only make them in batches with fewer choices as to size over time as the automotive factories stopped using V-belts over thirty years ago.

The only ones they make regularly now are fractional horsepower belts for lawn mowers and household appliances. If a fractional horsepower belt fits size wise it won't work, as it isn't strong enough to last under load. Be sure to buy the belt by part number to get a match.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 18th, 18, 09:15 AM
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Re: Power Steering Pump

My rebuilt pump was squeaking, I traced it down to the nut that holds the pulley being loose. I don't know if this is your problem but maybe check it and see.
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