1996 Ford Taurus engine noise and oil leak

Tiny
SCOX0619
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  • 1996 FORD TAURUS
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 165,000 MILES
Last week when it was really cold out my Taurus started making an engine noise when I started it. The noise was a grinding noise and it sounded like it was one of the pulleys. The noise subsides (or seems to) when I drive, but starts again when idling. I looked under the hood and there is oil spattered everywhere where there was none before. A lot of oil is on base of the top pulley on the serpentine belt. I fear it may be a catastrophic problem. What can you tell me?
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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 AT 1:20 PM

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Tiny
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Hi
is your engine the 24 valve? If yes top pully is power steering pump. So the seal and bearing went and oil came from pump.
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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 AT 2:50 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the answer. Yes is it a 24V. Any idea what it would cost to have it replaced?
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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 AT 2:57 PM
Tiny
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Pump runs @$150 and labor 2 hrs. So if shop rate $90 per hr. Then $180. Depending on what happened to pump they may also want to flush system to remove any metal.
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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 AT 3:02 PM

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