Pop sound no power steering

Tiny
MARY PADILLA
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  • 2005 DODGE NEON
  • 4 CYL
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 194,756 MILES
Driving home from work this morning my car made a pop sound then the steering became difficult to turn. What could it be? It was making a humming sound on start up and a popping sound on a left turn.
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Monday, January 2nd, 2017 AT 2:15 PM

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Tiny
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The first thing you need to check is if your belt is still on. Is there any sign of power steering fluid on the ground? Did a check engine light come on?
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Monday, January 2nd, 2017 AT 4:50 PM
Tiny
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There is no leaking and as far as the belt I did not notice. No check engine light came on.
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Monday, January 2nd, 2017 AT 5:28 PM
Tiny
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It was dark when I got home as I get off work at 6:00 am. It is now parked up the street. Have not had time to go check anything yet. The mechanic wants me to take it in tomorrow, but I am afraid to drive it and cause further damage.
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Monday, January 2nd, 2017 AT 5:31 PM
Tiny
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The most important thing is your safety. If you do not feel the car is safe to drive then please do not. Your insurance may offer one free towing.

The belt that drives the power steering also drives the AC. So unless you were running the AC this time of year or turned it on that would be an indication. The best way is to look. I attached a picture of the belt and the water pump is number two and six depending on if you have AC.

If there is no leak then it may not be a blown hose. Another possibility with the miles you have is internal failure of the rack-n-pinion. I attached a picture showing it is number six.

I hope that helps, without a visual I am only guessing. I also do not want to be doom and gloom, but those are the possibilities based on what you have said.
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Monday, January 2nd, 2017 AT 6:38 PM
Tiny
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I was running the AC. I do not have a heater and I used it to defrost the front window so I could see. So what would that mean? I am worried about the cost now.
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Monday, January 2nd, 2017 AT 6:44 PM
Tiny
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Why no heater? I know it is easier said, but please try not to worry. I am trying to provide you with general information so when you are talking to your mechanic you will have an idea. If things do not make sense after your discussion, feel free to get back with us. Just do not approve to fix something unless you understand and you trust the mechanic you take your car to. Also, if you have a trusted friend that has an understanding with vehicles, bring them. Again, easier said than done, but try not to worry. No reason to stay up all night on something you do not know. First let's find out what it is. Once that is known a plan can be made to move forward.
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Monday, January 2nd, 2017 AT 7:00 PM
Tiny
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It was bypassed over a year ago. Leaking a lot when my radiator blew.
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Monday, January 2nd, 2017 AT 7:05 PM
Tiny
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So with the little information I gave you can you give me a thought as to what it might be? The Mechanic is new to me but my niece's use him and seem to be satisfied with his work. I just moved back here from the desert 5mo. Ago so I know of any other Mechanic here. I truly appreciate you taking the time answering my questions
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Monday, January 2nd, 2017 AT 7:14 PM
Tiny
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Oh. Well Mary, I of course do not know what your financial situation is. Your car does have a large number of miles on it. I am not saying you need to run out and purchase one, but look at your overall maintenance cost over the last year or so. What is the condition of the car, tires, will you need brakes, etc. So again, no need to panic, but at least keep that as an option to consider if your maintenance cost are more than a car payment. Also, you do not want to break down somewhere. This is not a scare it is looking at the situation while you have options and a little time to think about it. Lets say it is something expensive. Then you need to weigh the cost of past repairs, this one, possible future ones and see if you are better putting that money into another vehicle. If it is something inexpensive then okay, you have more time. But at least consider the idea. 195,000 miles shows you have a good car and it has taken you many miles, but do not avoid it may be getting tired either.
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Monday, January 2nd, 2017 AT 7:14 PM
Tiny
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Desert? Overseas or stateside?
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Monday, January 2nd, 2017 AT 7:15 PM
Tiny
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Victorville. Buying a new one is not an option at the moment. It is something I am definitely going to purchase after taxes, but for the moment all I can do is fix it. Difficult being single and only one income.
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Monday, January 2nd, 2017 AT 7:21 PM
Tiny
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I moved to Victorville for a year hoping for a better life. Did not work out.
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Monday, January 2nd, 2017 AT 7:22 PM
Tiny
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Well Mary, who is to say it did not work out? Staying there when it was not right would be the bad. Thomas Edison was asked about the thousands of times his attempt at making the light bulb, did it bother him on the lack of results. He quickly replied with have great results. Thousands of ways not to make it. So it did not work better to find out now.
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Monday, January 2nd, 2017 AT 7:33 PM
Tiny
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Was not meant to be one week after moving back I found a great job. Something I could not find out there after nine months looking. So my results were amazing. Now about my car. I appreciate all the information you have armed me with. So I am not blindsided when I go tomorrow. So I am guessing it is sounding more like a belt?
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Monday, January 2nd, 2017 AT 7:55 PM
Tiny
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If the AC was working same belt drives the power steering. The pump could be out of fluid even though you said no leak, it could be very low. If the belt is making noise it could be slipping due to the belt tensioner, that would not be too expensive.
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Monday, January 2nd, 2017 AT 8:07 PM
Tiny
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Thank you so much. I truly appreciate your time in answering all my questions.
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Monday, January 2nd, 2017 AT 8:21 PM
Tiny
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Let me know what you find out. Have a great night!
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Monday, January 2nd, 2017 AT 10:06 PM
Tiny
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Hello Mary - was checking back with you to see what you found out on your vehicle and see if you are doing okay with it.
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Saturday, January 7th, 2017 AT 7:19 PM

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