For the past day and a half, when i start my car there isn’t the usual smooth, quiet sound of the engine starting. There’s a slight delay, and a whirring noise. When i put the car into gear and accelerate, the noise increases in volume and pitch. I think it might be something with the power steering pump or a belt issue, but I’m not fluent in Car and Driver speak. Any ideas??
Check the power steering pump fluid. You may have a leak and low fluid can cause the sound you hear. Does the pitch change when you turn your wheels either right or lef?. I would also check the serpentine belt and tensioner while the fluid is being checked.