Is my power steering going out on my 99 V6 dakota?


Asked by Apr 09, 2013 at 05:17 PM about the 1999 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport Extended Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

First time it happened but i was driving and heard something that sounded loose and the after that for a
brief period when i turned the steering wheel something was grinding badly. Not a squealing sound
which i know is usually the steering pump, and my steering didn't tighten up, it just created a grinding
noise. it stopped and came for about 18 miles then i got home. any ideas?

9 Answers


Check your power steering fluid level. It could be the pump or the rack. You don't want to be driving around like that. Get it fixed ASAP.


there is power steering fliud, and rack? what and where is that?

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see how long it takes either of us to come up with a video on the subject~


So the power steering can cause the grinding? the rack and pinions seem to be fine but i wouldn't expect the pump to cause an intense sound like it did. and it did it mainly when i turned right if that makes any difference, only once on a left turn this is a very fun old time video, to answer your question the pump has bearings and fluid should leak out all over the place before grinding happens~

modern rack and pinion systems only kinda resemble this movie~


we there is still plenty of fluid in the pump, and wouldnt my steering tighten up if it was the pump?

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could it have been a bit of road debris, getting into the pulleys?

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