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My 1996 Ram 1500 has a constant squeel coming from the power steering pump. I squirted some WD-40 behind the pulley and the squeel went away for a couple seconds. I was wondering if I had to replace the whole pump, or if there is another alternative
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2010-11-19 19:27
I think I have good news for you. When you squirted WD-40 behind the pulley you were applying it to the dust lip of the front shaft seal on the pump. That lip itself really wouldn't ever cause a noticeable squeal noise. Odds are that a small amount of the lube contacted the pump's drive belt and that is what stopped the squeal momentarily. Based on that assumption, although the noise sounds like it's coming from the pump, it is actually caused by the belt as it rides on the pump pulley. Take a real good look at the drive belt... is it worn or showing cracks on it's surface? If so, it's time to replace it. It's also important to check the alignment of all the pulleys that the belt is routed around. If the automatic belt tensioner is worn and becoming crooked it cannot maintain proper belt tension and that too will result in a squeal. Whatever you do, don't attempt to "solve" the problem by putting any sort of lube directly on the belt. All that will do is allow the belt to slip which is exactly the opposite of what you need to achieve! Your best bet I'm sure will be to take the vehicle to a good shop in your area and have them take a look at it. They should quickly and easily be able to tell you what is needed to repair it properly. I hope that helps. Let me know what you find out, ok
   
 
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