The power steering pump on this thing has always been a little noisy...not whiny but more like bearing noise. About a week ago I started noticing the occasional squeal when turning the wheel but it seemed to go away after the car warmed up. Well, two days ago I went to back out of a parking space and when I turned the wheel I was greeted with a GRONK kind of noise along with the squeal. It has done this a couple of times since then and now the pump squeals pretty much any time there is a load on it.
I've replaced the fluid twice in the last 2 days and it is toasting it almost immediately. Looks like I'm up for replacement but I just wanted to see if there is anything in the rack I should be checking as well before I make the assumption that the pump is the only problem.
I can't afford a brand new pump, so if anybody has a good review on any of the remanufactured ones available I'd appreciate it. There's NAPA, Advance Auto, Auto Zone & Champion here locally and Rock Auto online.
Of course this comes shortly after I ordered new plugs, plug wires, cap/rotor, tranny filter & pan gasket from Rock Auto. I'm doing the plugs tomorrow and the tranny/power steering pump next Saturday.
Then the paycheck after that will be spent on parts to fix the timing chain cover gasket leak, plus a new water pump, lower radiator hose, timing chain & rod bearings.
I mean, I love my car & all but why does she feel the need for all this attention at once?
My poor wallet...