CAR WHINES - BELT, POWER STEERING, ALIGNMENT, OR ?
2000 Dodge Dakota
July, 9, 2012 AT 3:20 PM
My 2000 Dodge Dakota 3.9 L V6 (89,000 miles) has been having an issue with a whine coming from the steering column and/or engine. The whine came on one day when I was pulling into a driveway, turning the wheel sharp left. It continued as I drove home, increasing in pitch/volume with the tachometer. It gets REALLY bad when I turn at all, and vibrates the steering column a bit.
I heard it could be a belt, which would explain why the whine increases as the RPM increases, but I haven't heard that affecting the steering.
I also heard it could be power steering, but that wouldn't explain why it goes up with the RPM when driving straightaways.
The last thing I've looked into was a possible wheel alignment. Is there any way to check into these things for sure on my own, and if you have any other ideas, what would they be?