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Old 18 Dec 2018, 06:26 pm
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Default Noise from power steering

SOOO BIG has a slight squealing from what I think is the power steering unit when I turn it through lock to lock. I checked the fluid level on the hot side of the dip stick in the power steering unit when I finished driving this afternoon and it showed adequate. Right to the hot line on the cap dip stick. What might be causing this squeal?
In retrospect there were all new belts installed earlier this year during a major timing belt change. I don't recall hearing this noise right after the install. Could that new belt loosened a bit? Doesn't a loose power steering belt usually squeal at just at the end of the wheel turn? I normally depend on the opinion of more learned PTers than me. thanks, Happy PTin', ptprice
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Old 19 Dec 2018, 05:11 pm
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I rechecked the power steering fluid on the cold side of the dip stick this morning and that side of the cap dip stick reading was OK too. At first attempt from up top I couldn't reach the belt. Is there a way to reach in from above and check the belt tension by pushing on it?
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Old 20 Dec 2018, 02:43 pm
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Default Re: Noise from power steering

No you have to take the wheel off ...
Then the spash panel..3 bolt..
The power steering belt has a tensioner
To keep it tight ...
I've been in there a lot lately. .
Replaced the high pressure hose
, new belt..and new fluid(ATF+4)
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Old 20 Dec 2018, 07:49 pm
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Default Re: Noise from power steering

Could be the tensioner. I just replaced mine when It exploded the other night. The worst part was getting the new belt up and around the P/S pump pulley. Whole thing took about 45 minutes.
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Old 21 Dec 2018, 07:49 am
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So it's probably just belt noise and not the power steering unit going bad?
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Hard to say...without actually hearing it..
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Old 21 Dec 2018, 11:52 pm
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I drove over to the shop who did major work on SOOO BIG earlier this year and asked them to listen to the "noise". The consensus was it's just a normal sound the power steering pump makes turning from left to right, lock to lock. I hadn't heard it before because most of the time I have the A/C on.
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