Mechanics

STEERING IS HARD TO TURN AND WHINING.

2002 Ford Taurus • 20,000 miles

I just replaced the power steering pump and now it is hard to turn at idle speed and still makes a very loud whining noise. If I take the car out of gear and then increase the rpm's to about 1000 then it becomes easier to steer but still makes a very loud whining noise. I have checked for leaks and checked the belt. All seems good. When I changed the pump I did bleed all of the old fluid out but it still does not seem right. What is the next step?
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DavidGraham
October 8, 2012.



If the whining noise is from within pressure hoses, that would indicate the presence of air trapped in system or the pump pressure could be lower than expected.

Lift up front of vehicle and turn the steering from end to end a few times with engine runing to bleed the air out of syatem.

KHLow2008
Oct 8, 2012.