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Old 09-04-2006, 11:12 AM   #1
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i have a 2000 automatic v6. when i turn my steering wheel, it squeaks and crunches really loudly underneath? what is this?
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Old 09-04-2006, 01:20 PM   #2
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Re: crunches and squeaks

Sounds like a power steering pump to me.
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Re: crunches and squeaks

it might also be the tie rod/ ball joint/ strut area as well. Does it sound like it comes from one of the wheels? Get a friend to pin point its location while its doing it.
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Re: crunches and squeaks

If it's a tie rod end then he would hear it going over bumps in the road as well. If it's only when turning then i'd think it's his ps pump like brent said.

Easiest thing for you to do first is check your power steering fluid.
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Re: crunches and squeaks

I have the same problem when I break and the car bends over, when I accelerate or when I hit a bump. Do I need to replace my struts? I'm hoping not to since that's a $500+ upgrade.
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Re: crunches and squeaks

I checked my power steering fluid..its good. In the range it should be. Its a really loud squeaking sound when I turn the sterring wheel either right or left. How can I check to see if my PS pump is bad?
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Re: crunches and squeaks

is it a constant squeak the entire time you're turning the wheel?
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Re: crunches and squeaks

yes. either way i turn the wheel, it squeaks the entire time. I tried turning the engine off and turning the steeering wheel to see if it still made the noise and it does?
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Re: crunches and squeaks

I also have a thumping noide under the front of my car? I can feel it in the gas pedal and the passengers can fel it under their feet when they are sitting in the front passenger seat? I can hear it thump thump thump while I drive? What could this be? i was told soemthing about my wheel bearings?
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Re: crunches and squeaks

any chance you can have someone turn the wheel? (car off, in park/gear with the ebrake on so they don't run you over..) lie under the front and listen around the steering rack? There have been problems with where the rack bolts go through the subframe drying out, and making noise. also be sure to listen around each tie rod (the parts that come out of the rack that go to the wheels..)

If you don't hear it from under the front of the car w/the car off (which discounts the power steering pump) start listening under the dash, where the steering shaft goes through the firewall
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