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Old 02-14-2005, 09:55 AM   #1
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MY98 Impreza RS
103,XXX miles
Lightweight pullies installed, 10,000 miles ago

Lately (the last 3 days) my power steering pump has been making strange noises. It started as a chirping at idle, which I thought to be the belts. Tightened those down, and it still made the noise at idle. Increase the RPMs, and the noise went away.

It has progressed to a roaring type noise, especially after being driven. For instance, started the car this morning, and leaving the condo complex, it was just the squealing/chirping. When I parked the car at work (10 miles / 10 minutes later) it was the chirping with a roaring kind of noise.

Is this a "put some new fluid in me tonight" type noise? Or a "put me 6' under out in a field with a headstone and find a new one" type of noise? I'm planning on going out during lunch and buying some Redline at the local race shop (OG Racing), but am still wondering what the sound is all about.

I have no issues with turning the wheels at all, and it seems like the power steering is working fine, so I'm hoping it is just the fluid (which looks burnt, so it's probably on the old side --> my fault for negligence ). Any insight would be much appreciated.

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Old 02-15-2005, 09:38 AM   #2
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Well, I don't know what exactly fixed it, but this morning during my commute to work, the squeaking/chirping stopped.

Last night, with the help of a turkey baster, I swapped out 1 quart of old, burnt fluid for Redline Synthetic Powersteering fluid. However, the problems and sounds persisted and did not seem to get any better.

Took the belt covers off, tightened the Alt/PS/Crank belt down really well. Swapped out some more fluid, and started the car up. Still squeaking/chirping.

I remembered someone saying that oil might have gotten on the belt/pulleys, so I sprayed a little Simple Green on the crank pulley, ran the car and found the problems/sounds were still present. It was late, I still had not eaten, so I gave up and figured I'd let it sit a day and go from there.

Start the car up this morning and the squeaking/chipring was even worse. Popped the hood, looked for leaking fluid, found none, checked the belts, still tight, threw up my hands, said screw it and drove to work. Halfway through flogging my car to work 'cause I was pissed at it, I noticed the chirping/squeaking was gone. And during the commute I was seeing more and more evidence that it might have been the belts and not the pump.

I don't know what fixed it, as I altered too many variables last night. It could be the pump is now happy with the new fluid, I'm going to continue swapping new stuff in over the course of the next few days. It might be the belts had some oil on them and the Simple Green helped get rid of that. Or they might have been too loose and needed a good tightening. :shrugs: I don't know.

Either way, if the problem persists, I'm going to swap in a spare belt I have and see what happens.

AJ

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Old 03-03-2005, 05:37 PM   #3
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Started to get the noise again over the last few days.

When I got back from Dave & Buster's last night, I popped the hood after I pulled in the garage, kept the motor running and dripped some Simple Green on the crank pulley, which promptly stopped any kind of squealing/squeaking issues.

This leads me to believe that my only issue was with the belt/pulley becoming coated with oil/grease/grime which lead to less grip and therefore, noise.

If this keeps up, I may swap out that belt and put the one that came with the pulleys and see what happens.

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Old 03-03-2005, 06:23 PM   #4
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Worn belts, although they may not be cracked or appear to have any damage, can make a lot of noise. Put on a whole new set.
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