That does sound like it is failing. The bearings and/or bushings inside are making the noise because the different types of materials expand/contract at different rates. Sort of like if you put a bottle of water in the freezer, it breaks the bottle because the water expands more then the container. Ice is kind of an exception to the rule, but I hope it relays the overall reason for the noise.
Try some Power Steering treatment made by Lucas Brothers. It works well to quiet pumps and can even fix leaking seals. It even guarantees that after using 2 bottles.
Be sure to drain out some Power Steering fluid to make room for it. Overfilling will blow seals. I take the lower reservoir hose off pinch it with my fingers and put it in a 12 ounce water bottle. The Lucas Brothers stuff comes in 12 ounce bottles so you can measure the P/S fluid and not empty too much out.
Thanks very much for the compliment. It is always great to hear that I helped someone out. My boss is a great guy and I told him about the same thing you said about how he created a good thing with this site. So, I was a little astonished when I read your reply. Even though we struggle with communicating through text, it still works. The Internet ran out of IP addresses, (or Domain Names or whatever), and I heard that the analogy of the amount of new numbers was, "If the old amount of numbers were the size of a golf ball, the new numbers are the size of the sun".
Kind of blows your mind that with all of that, none of us are really strangers.
Take care and let me know if you need anything else.
Friday, February 4th, 2011 AT 12:37 AM