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Old 11-04-2003, 05:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Power steering squeal

I can't figure out why my toy celica setup keeps screaming at me. It may or may not scream when off road. It is not in a bind when this happens either. I jacked up the front and turned lock to lock at least 25 times, but this did not seem to help. Could I just need a rebuilt pump? JCC
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Old 11-04-2003, 06:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I can't figure out why my toy celica setup keeps screaming at me. It may or may not scream when off road. It is not in a bind when this happens either. I jacked up the front and turned lock to lock at least 25 times, but this did not seem to help. Could I just need a rebuilt pump? JCC
Not trying to be obnoxious but did you check the belt?
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Old 11-04-2003, 07:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The belt seems to be tight but I'll see if I can tighten it a little more. JCC
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does it have power steering fluid in it? have you put a cooler on it? mine used to overheat and spill fluid everywere and squeel real bad.
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Old 11-04-2003, 08:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hey JCC this may sound stupid but if you think its a belt try putting some baby power on it and see if it stops. I work at a Dodge dealer and the techs do it all the time and it works if it is a belt .PS they tought us this in tech school
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Old 11-04-2003, 08:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Pulley(s) or belt may be just worn.

First try putting some belt dressing, spray adhesive or soap on it.

If sqealing stops.......................problem found and replace both pulley(s) and belt.

Cheaper than replacing pump and if you over tighten the belt you may damage the bearings in the pump.

Let us know if you get it figured out.
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Old 11-05-2003, 02:43 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Well I drove some power lines today and no squeal. I did not get in a bind either. But the last trip it would squeal in a bind or not. It may be the belt. When I was looking for a belt one size was to small and the next larger was almost to big. The slot for adjustment is only about 1.5 inches long. JCC

Also the fluid check shows a little over full. It did run hot during the summer, but I rerouted the lines and put my heat shield back on the manifold. That seemed to take care of the overheating.
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If one belt is to small and next is almost to big as you stated it could be a worn pulley like i said.
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Old 11-07-2003, 07:07 PM   #9 (permalink)
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The only replacement pulley I have found is from RRO and it's like $65. Guess I'll carry a can of belt dressing around for awhile just in case. JCC
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Also check for good alignment in relation to the other pulleys.
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