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Old 04-16-2018, 10:32 AM   #1
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Default What would damage a power steering pump

Hi everyone, yesterday I got my 99 sc1 stuck in the snow several times, due to the inclement weather that northern michigan has been getting lately, and I noticed that my power steering pump was making loud noises when I was turning tight corners while moving slowly. The pump was not making any noises as far as I was aware before yesterday. So was just wondering what would cause a power steering pump to go bad.
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Old 04-16-2018, 10:52 AM   #2
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Default Re: What would damage a power steering pump

Check to see that there is not something jammed in suspension that the
pump is fighting against. The pumps are hard to kill, so hopefully it is something obvious.

Is the fluid level ok?
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Old 04-16-2018, 11:03 AM   #3
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It turned extremely easily when I did some donuts in my college parking lot. It only made noises below 10 mph while turning hard over in either direction. But, I will definitely check for obstructions and I will check the fluid as well. But, I mean I spent a little more than an hour revving my engine to get the car to rock back and forth. I don't know if I can damage anything on the engine doing that.
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Check to see if the pulley is cracked or broken around the center, as it is made out of plastic. Had this happen on my 1995 SL1.


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Default Re: What would damage a power steering pump

If the pump is whining and noisey, either the pump shaft bearings are starting to fail or the fluid level is low.

This is a sealed system, so the fluid can deteriorate and get low, unexpectedly, but this is very rare.

It is more common for a slow leak to cause a low fluid level.
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Are you still running the same power steering fluid from 20 years ago? If so, flushing it out with new fluid would be a good start.
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