There are a couple things I would do first. Take a bottle of water and spray the belt both sides and see if the noise stops temporarily. If not, use can of penetrant and very briefly blast a shot to the inside, wait and then the outside of the belt. Sometimes water will flush out the noise, sometimes penetrant will. Penetrant can make the belt flip off, that is why I say breif shot.
If nothing changes, pick up a bottle of lucas power steering additive, sometimes I have had this help. Sometimes not.
Since I can't hear the noise It's hard to say what is the source. If the pump is the whine it may be a symptom of a fluid restrction, possible from the rack. Rack sounds like it may be a problem from the stiffness when cold.
The reason I ask about the coolant has nothing to do with your problem. The 3800 are infamous for intake manifold going bad and loss of coolant is not a good sign for then.
Friday, September 28th, 2007 AT 5:59 AM