Loud constant chirping at start and kickback from power steering when turning at low low speed.

Alex Fisher

Asked by Jul 30, 2015 at 03:31 PM about the 1997 Isuzu Rodeo 4 Dr S V6 4WD SUV

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

(Disclaimer; I know little about being a
mechanic and learn as I go.) After driving
through a 3-3.5 foot puddle, by accident, in
a rainstorm I noticed I had snapped the belt
that connects my alternator to the main
engine pulley. My 97 Isuzu Rodeo 4WD
180000 no was in the puddle (2 lane wide/
20ft long) for roughly 30 seconds as I tried
to power through to avoid stalling, while
dodging already stalled vehicles. (Very low
visibility in the heavy rains). I did lose some
power trying to get through but made it out
and regained power after clearing of the
puddle. When I stopped to check everything
out the belt had snapped and I lost power
completely. Once home I decided to change
all the all the belts. Replaced all belts
excluding timing, jump started to recharge
battery and alternator and immediately at
start the loudest cringe of a constant chirp
ensued. Left running to charge and warm
belts and grabbed a bar of soap to rub on
the belts hoping they'd condition them and
stop the noise. The noise subdued so I
coped it up to new belts needing use. Since,
I've put roughly 50 miles on them and at
each start I notice the same noise until I
reach roughly 20mph. If I rev the engine at
idle to 3000 rpm it also stops.  Since the
replacement I've also noticed kickback in
the power steering at low speed and
sharper turns. Makes slight grinding noise
and pushes the wheel in the opposite
direction. Seems to coming from under the
hood, not the wheels. I'm curious if this is
just as simple as an adjustment to the
belt/pulley tension or if the deep water
caused the damage to the seals, pump or
components of the power steering system?
The vehicle is in good condition otherwise
and I'm looking to sell in the next few
weeks before I move from Indy to San
Antonio. I already have a suitable offer, just
don't want to sell with new problem as the
offer likely will change in its current
standing.  Any help or advice would be
greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!

3 Answers


Sounds like the bearing in the power steering pump is bad. You can try spraying some WD40 with the straw behind the pulley of the pump and see what happens it may reach the bearing no promises that it will work.

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David Woltz

you to look for water in the power steering pump.

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David Woltz

also WD-40 behind fan clutch when you rev the motor the fan has to catch up

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