Power steeing pump

saturn
engines
sl
noises

#1

My 99 Saturn SL2 (113000 mi)has a whine coming from the engine. This noise changes pitch, getting higher as I accelerate. It is present when the car is idling. My mechanic says the power steering pump is internally blocked and needs to be replaced, cost approx $425.



Why would the noise be present when the steering wheel is not in use as in idling? Could it be a belt?


#2

The power steering pump is always turning, regardless of what you do with the steering wheel. Are you sure the fluid is at the correct level? It’s easy to check.


#3

Remove the PS fluid reservoir and clean the filter screen you will find inside. If this screen is plugged up it will starve the pump for fluid…


#4

Fluid is at appropriate level


#5

I was told a ‘vein’ was blocked


#6

You were not told that here…


#7

No - that was part of the mechanic’s diagnosis


#8

Ask your mechanic to remove the reservoir and clean it out. A half-hour job.


#9

Thanks - I’ll do that


#10

Power steering and rack flush, plus fluid, power steering bleed all performed 3/2/09. Could the reservoir and screen become blocked since then?