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Old 04-09-2012, 06:41 PM
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Power Steering Pump Squeals When Turning

I have a 1980 Trans Am with a Chevy 350 in it. The guy I got the car from put a new steering pump in it. For some reason when I'm at a dead stop and I try to turn my wheel left or right it will only turn a little bit, then it will start squealing really loud and won't turn anymore unless I keep jerking the wheel in the direction I'm trying to turn, then it will move another inch or so, then get stuck and squeal again.

It never makes any noise when I'm actually moving. It's only when I'm at a stop or moving really slow (around 1-5mph). It almost seems like the tires don't have enough clearance. But that's not the case as I have 15x4 skinny Welds on the front.

It makes it really hard to parallel park or pull out of a tight space. Does anyone have any advice on what is causing this and how to fix it?

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Old 04-09-2012, 07:29 PM
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Hi, are you positive it not the belt squealing. if the belt stops driving the pump, you are not turning it. if it is a v belt, there will be adjuster on the pump, if it is a serpentine belt, it will have a belt tensioner. make sure it is free, and the belt has not stretched. hope this helps.
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It's the belt. Get a can of spray belt dressing. Problem solved.
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