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Old 07-16-2012, 07:15 AM   #1
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I have a 96 gt and whenever I turn the wheel, it groans. Just like a power steering pump going out but its coming from around alternator. Didn't have much time to check last night (rain). Its not as loud as a bad pump usually is but its annoying. It don't make the noise until u turn the wheel. I'm going to check out later today but thought Id get some ideas from you all. Thanks
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Given the age of the car it's highly possible that the PS pump is bad or going bad, but I could also be a leak. My 98 ford ranger did the same thing the ps line was leaking and had caused the pump to fail because sadly I was too young and uneducated about car repair at the time I just kept driving it the way it was. It made one helluva noise when the wheel was turned though.
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The ps pump has a new tag on it. Previous owner replaced. Fluid hasn't moved. It just sounds like its coming from alternator. That's what has me stumped. No noise til u move wheel. Fluid is light red color.
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The ps pump has a new tag on it. Previous owner replaced. Fluid hasn't moved. It just sounds like its coming from alternator. That's what has me stumped. No noise til u move wheel. Fluid is light red color.
Wow that's puzzling. The only thing I can think of is a bad alternator pulley maybe? My guess is that when ur turning the wheel, and the ps pump has a load on it, it is throwing the alternator pulley off balance. Like I said this is a hunch but it's relatively inexpensive fix if that's the problem. Hope this helps!
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Its not that loud. I replaced squeaky ball joint today and checked tie rods and all that was good. But rain cut me short on time. I was thinking filter may be clogged a little. If previous owner replaced pump and filter is in resevior it would be old. Its worth a try if that's where filter is? I have to do some reading on it.
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