2006 Kia Rio power steering noise

Tiny
ZITRAVIS
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  • 2006 KIA RIO
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 75,000 MILES
The power steering squeals when you turn the wheel, then if you turn on something electrical like the lights, radio, heat or defrost the squeling gets much louder and constant. The pulley and belt seems to stop and slip and have a jerky motion. I have already replaced the power steering pump. Someone told me its the belts, one said the altenator and one said the rack and pinion. Any ideas?
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Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 AT 2:24 PM

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Tiny
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Hello -

To better assist you please let me know if your model is just a Rio, a LX, Rio5 or a SX. Also your engine size in liter and the 8th digit of your VIN.
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Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 AT 2:31 PM
Tiny
ZITRAVIS
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It is a Rio5 with a 1.6 litre engine. The 8th digit in the vin is a 3 if your counting the letters or a 6 if not counting the letters.
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Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 AT 2:56 PM
Tiny
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Hello -

According to the diagrams you have a couple of belts but one is just for the power steering....correct?

It sounds to me like your power steering belt is loose and may be stretched.

I would replace the belt. I have attached the info on belt replacement and the location of the adjustment bolt.

You should barely have inch of deflection at the center most point of the belt between the two pulleys.

Also was it doing this before and that is why you replaced the pump itself? Please make sure you have plenty of PS fluid also.

CHECKING POWER STEERING BELT TENSION

1. Press the V belt, applying a pressure of 98N (10kg, 22lb) at the specified point and measure the deflection to confirm that it is within the standard value.
Standard value
V belt deflection: 7 10 mm (0.27 0.39 in)

Fig. 7: Checking Power Steering Belt Tension
Courtesy of KIA MOTORS AMERICA, INC.


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2. If the belt deflection is beyond the standard value, adjust the belt tension as follows.

1. Loosen the bolt(A) adjusting the power steering V belt tension.

Fig. 8: Identifying Power Steering V Belt Tension Bolt
Courtesy of KIA MOTORS AMERICA, INC.


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2. Put a bar or equivalent, between the bracket and the oil pump and adjust the tension so that the belt deflection is within the standard value.
3. Tighten the bolt adjusting the power steering V belt tension.
4. Check the belt deflection and adjust it again if necessary.

CAUTION: After turning the V belt in the normal rotation direction more than once, recheck the belt deflection.

CHECKING POWER STEERING FLUID LEVEL

1. Position the vehicle on a surface level.
2. Start the engine. With the vehicle kept stationary, turn the steering wheel several times continuously to raise the fluid temperature to 50 - 60 C(122 to 140 F).
3. With the engine at idle, turn the steering wheel fully clockwise and counterclockwise several times.
4. Make sure there is no foaming or cloudiness in the reservoir fluid.
5. Stop the engine to check for any difference in fluid level between a stationary and a running engine.
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Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 AT 3:43 PM
Tiny
ZITRAVIS
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Replaced the belts and everything seems to be alright.
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Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 AT 4:04 PM
Tiny
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Hello -

Great to hear from you and that it is fixed.

We'll be here in the future if you need our help

Have a great day.
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Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 AT 5:00 PM
Tiny
VINCENT MAKGERU
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Hello

I'm also driving Kia rio III, 2006 Model and I have a problem with the power steering as it leaking the fluid.
First I want to know if that can affect the engine of the car or not. Secondly the switch on the power steering of broken, can the switch cause the noise on the power steering? Or can the switch cause the pump to leak the fluid. I have seen the attached diagram above its the same as my power steering.

Please your assistance will be highly appreciated.

Thank you.
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Thursday, January 19th, 2017 AT 12:12 AM
Tiny
KEN
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Hey VINCENT MAKGERU,

Can you start a new thread please

https://www.2carpros.com/questions/new

Best, Ken
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Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 AT 2:57 AM

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