Power Steering Pump Noise

Asked by Oct 26, 2016 at 02:07 AM about the 2001 Chrysler Concorde LX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hello!

So i have this 2001 Concorde that my girlfriend got from her grandma. Her grandma never drove this thing. Its 16 years old and only has 48,xxx miles on it, so needless to say it will be having a lot of problems.

Anyways, the first thing to go bad on this car was the power steering pump. It was making that common whining noise. So i got a new pump, new pulley for that pump, and a new drive belt. The new belt i got was a little bit smaller than the old belt, but i got it to fit.

I now have everything installed and the car starts and runs just fine. However, there is now this awful noise that shows up when i start to turn the wheel and it gets worse the more i turn it, but goes away once i return the wheel to its starting point. It sounds almost like a hedge trimmer, not really the same screeching sound as like a slipping belt or something. I tried tightening and loosening the belt to no avail. The noise is not there if i dont touch the wheel, or rev the engine.

Any ideas? Could the pulley i installed be out of adjustment? Belt too tight?

Thank you in advance for any help(:

3 Answers

19,530

Rack and pinion had a stuck valve add some Lucas Power Steering Stop Leak into power steering reservoir it not only stops leaks but also corrects hard steering and stops squealing.

Hm, ok ill try that. The squealing wasnt there with the old pump though, and the sound definitely seems like its coming from outside the pump

19,530

Also spray some PB blaster silicone spray on belt and see if noise goes away. Also that belt may have fit but maybe putting to much pressure on the steering pump pulley.

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