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Old 12-09-2005, 04:59 AM   #1
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hey, guys. I'm looking for an opinion on what could be the problem with my toyota camry. It's a 96 4cyl model with low miles (68k). On cold mornings, the power steering squeeks and the wheel is difficult to turn. I checked the fluid level and it's normal; there aren't any leaks, either; the belt is in good shape.

is it a bad pump? something with the steering rack? please help
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Old 12-09-2005, 05:00 AM   #2
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Bad pump
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Old 12-09-2005, 05:01 AM   #3
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that is if there are absolutely no leaks
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Old 12-09-2005, 05:03 AM   #4
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how can i really check for leaks?
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Old 12-09-2005, 05:32 AM   #5
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Are you kidding?

Look for residue, drips. Then check the level periodically....or you could just replace the pump/
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Old 12-09-2005, 07:18 AM   #6
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There's a condition called "morning sickness", it's caused by internal leaks resulting from wear that go away at warm-up. Can't tell for sure if that's really the problem. You can start with replacing the fluid, maybe adding some seal conditioner and see if it changes anything.
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Old 12-09-2005, 09:24 AM   #7
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Maybe it's the power steering pump. Also may be the steering rack. I'd recommend checking your blinker and turbo fluid.

Check this thread for more information.
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Old 12-09-2005, 09:26 AM   #8
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Old 12-09-2005, 09:33 AM   #9
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Old 12-09-2005, 11:47 AM   #10
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Squeaks = Loose belt. Internal wear would make a grinding / burbling noise if anything. If it's squeaking then it's the belt slipping.

When was the last time the belt was replaced? If the face that contacts the pully is shiny then the belt is done even though it may not be cracked or show any other signs of wear.
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Old 12-09-2005, 01:05 PM   #11
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check if the belt is loose/stretched.
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Old 12-09-2005, 01:07 PM   #12
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Old 12-09-2005, 01:20 PM   #13
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COld morning = steering fluid that thickens up and doesn't want to flow smoothly. Change to synthetic steering fluid*

*talk to a professional before doing this
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Old 12-09-2005, 02:02 PM   #14
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let me go ahead and bandwagon on this post. I have a '91 camry and for some reason when I go through a big puddle or something my power steering will go out for a second, usually when i'm making a turn onto another street. whats the deal?
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Old 12-09-2005, 03:50 PM   #15
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let me go ahead and bandwagon on this post. I have a '91 camry and for some reason when I go through a big puddle or something my power steering will go out for a second, usually when i'm making a turn onto another street. whats the deal?
Belt slips, causing loss of power steering for a few seconds. When the belt dries back up, it gains power 'cuz belt no slippy any more.



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Old 12-09-2005, 03:52 PM   #16
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Belt slips, causing loss of power steering for a few seconds. When the belt dries back up, it gains power 'cuz belt no slippy any more.



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Old 12-09-2005, 04:17 PM   #17
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Hey there

I have a '95 (gen 3) camry and I've got that same problem. I can guarentee you it's probably a minor leak and you've been leaking tiny amounts of fluid, just never knew it. the little meter thing on the side of the fluid can is never readable so you have to read it looking into the can with the cap off.

Replacing the hosing and pump would've cost waaaay too much for me so I just got myself a 3 dollar quart of power steering fluid and every time i hear it (not very often) i just add a few tablespoons and problemo = solved.

Let's compare:

1) set of hosing
2) steering pump
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$ Assload.00

as opposed to

1) 1 quart of power steering fluid
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$3.16 at Kragen

If that doesnt work then I guess you just wasted 3 dollars but worth a shot I would think.
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Old 12-09-2005, 04:25 PM   #18
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That is an awesomely ghetto way to fix a POS car.

Thread title: Got a flat tire, how to fix!

Poster: A tire costs way too much money for a 1995 Camry. I have a slow leak caused by a nail years ago I never bothered to pull out. I simply pull up to BP once a week and fill my slowly leaking tire everytime it looks low.

Problem solved!
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Old 12-09-2005, 04:27 PM   #19
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Change the fluid...
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Old 12-09-2005, 04:27 PM   #20
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I know some of you guys are poor but come on, making sure your 3500 lb death machine is operating correctly may need to be a bigger priority in your life than it currently is.
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Old 12-09-2005, 04:49 PM   #21
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That is an awesomely ghetto way to fix a POS car.

Thread title: Got a flat tire, how to fix!

Poster: A tire costs way too much money for a 1995 Camry. I have a slow leak caused by a nail years ago I never bothered to pull out. I simply pull up to BP once a week and fill my slowly leaking tire everytime it looks low.

Problem solved!
I did that for 2 months last summer, it works.
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Old 12-09-2005, 04:53 PM   #22
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Hey I'm not saying it's right or wrong, just ghetto.

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I know some of you guys are poor but come on, making sure your 3500 lb death machine is operating correctly may need to be a bigger priority in your life than it currently is.
Oh, wait, I am saying it's wrong. My bad.

Fix yer junk before it collides with me!
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