Start the car when the engine is cold and drive away, there is a squeeling
I checked the power steering fluid and topped it up. Problem continues but
as the engine and fliuds warm up the noise reduces until eventually it
almost disappears. Is this a power steering problem? I read somewhere this
may indicate the pump is failing. Any ideas?
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More likely it's a bad serpentine belt or belt tensioner. The belt is
slipping on one of the pulleys. Do NOT use any form of belt dressing on a
serpentine belt. Check it out to see if there are any long cracks or
missing chunks, and if it looks glazed.
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Thank you Andrew,
I will check the belt and tensioner. I did forget to mention that the noise
only occurs when turning the steering wheel. Once back on a straight line
there is no noise. Does this help further?
Thanks in advance,
Was the P/S/ fluid low?
The noise could be one of many things.
The tensioner could be going bad.
The belt may just need replacing.
One of the idler pulleys could be going bad.
A P/S pump noise does not typically act in the fashion you describe. What is
more likely possible is that when you start the car cold, you drain off some of
the battery. Because of this the alternator is required to charge the battery,
so it will put a higher load on the belt. If the belt is not tensioned enough
because of a week tensioner the belt slips making noise. As the battery charge
goes back to normal the alternator does not need to "put out" as much, so the
load is less, belt stops slipping.
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