squeaky steering

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Old 09-02-14, 06:36 PM
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squeaky steering

I have a 1998 Chev Malibu 193000 KM.
When I turn the steering wheel while driving slowly it gives a squeaky sound.
It does not happen every time. Lately it is more frequent. It has been going on for a few months - about a year.
The fluid is not leaking.
The serpentine belt looks fine.
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Old 09-03-14, 07:26 AM
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Is it happening as soon as you turn the wheel or when going over bumps with the steering wheel turned? Is it a squeaking sound like metal to metal or a screeching sound like a belt would make?
 
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Old 09-03-14, 11:50 AM
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When I turn the steering wheel while driving slowly it gives a squeaky sound.
I once thought I had a problem very similar to this one that turned out to be a bad bearing on the belt tensioner.
 
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Old 09-03-14, 05:45 PM
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It only happens when I am turning the wheel while driving slowly.
Also, it does not happen every time that I do a turn. Actually, I just came from doing an errand and did not hear it.
It does not sound like metal to metal.
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Old 09-04-14, 02:18 AM
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Where is the squeak coming from front, steering wheel ??
 
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Old 09-04-14, 04:35 AM
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The squeak is coming from the right side of the front of the car.
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Old 09-04-14, 01:10 PM
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Does it make the sound while turning the wheel back and forth when the car is stationery or only when moving? Try this and post the results:

Try making a hard turn of the wheel at almost no speed at all. For example, when backing out of a garage (don't hit the wall). If the tires are barely turning, any squeal at that point is much more likely to be a pump problem.

Try some turns in the environment where you think you can make the squeal happen. Now try some nearly identical turns to the left and to the right. If you notice a difference in the sound, it's more likely a tire noise than a pump noise. Likewise, if you try the same turns on different pavement and hear something different, you are likely noticing tire noise than pump noise.
 
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When stationary, it makes the noise ( when I turn the wheel ); but not as loud.
There is squeak when barely turning while reversing.
I did not try on different pavements.
From these and past observations I think that it is a pump problem.
Can I fix this pump myself?
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Old 09-06-14, 02:44 PM
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I got someone to turn the wheel while I looked in the engine.
I was doubly convinced that it is the pump.
I will let a mechanic fix the problem.
This Forum is very helpful.
Thank you.
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