It would seem if it was the belt, that would make some noise due to slippage. If the steering becomes stiff, especially in both directions, I would initially suspect a pump. If it only does it in one direction, then I would lean towards a gear. The only way to confirm the pump, would be a power steering pressure test. That would require special tools, and procedures. If the belt seems excessively loose, I would replace it first, and assuming it is the correct belt, determine what is causing the loss of tension.
Thursday, May 6th, 2010 AT 11:56 PM