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

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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?

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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.

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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~

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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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlpvyWAA8a0 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~

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FV0H2lCflV8

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

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