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Belt area noise.. possibly PSP going bad? HELP!

Discussion in 'Member Introductions' started by jhacker92, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. jhacker92

    jhacker92 New Member

    Belt area noise.. possibly Power-steering pump going bad? HELP!

    I have a 01' Sonoma ZR2. 4.6 liter..147k miles, I replaced the serpentine belt, idler pulley, harmonic balancer, tensioner, and AC compressor that was already going out as well, with all gm parts and my belt still squeaks.. I heard from someone that GM trucks, specifically s-10s, and sonomas have a steering pump problem that causes squealing, and a high pitched moaning noise. Is this true? Because I wanna get it fixed.. lol. Please help! Thank you.
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2011
  2. silveradotrailblazer

    silveradotrailblazer Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    Go to and, they have videos about belt issues. One of them has a video about belt noise and not have everything (pulleys etc..) aligned. Its good info.
  3. stephan

    stephan Rockstar 4 Years 5000 Posts

    An easy way to determine if it's the belt rather than the PS pump is to put some bar soap on it, along the edges & the ribbed & flat sides of the belt. (Careful, watch your fingers if you do this with it running) If the noise temporairly goes away, then it could be an alignment problem with the edges of the belt rubbing on the edges of one of the pulleys. If that's not it & you localize this to the PS pump, try changing the PS fluid before faulting the pump.
  4. silveradotrailblazer

    silveradotrailblazer Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    stephan, thats a good point about changing the power steering fluid. Because I have oversize tires I change my ps fluid every year. I drain it with a good old turkey baster. I change it, then run it and drain again. Last time I changed the fluid I added a bottle of Lucas ps fix because I was getting a slight squeel out of the unit, seemed to have worked.
  5. stephan

    stephan Rockstar 4 Years 5000 Posts

    STB, I've never seen a GM schedule for changing PS fluid, (though there may be one) but I think it should be about the same as brake fluid every 2 years. That stuff gets pretty dirty & looks like it has a lot of crap circulating in it. I disconnect the return line & run it into a bucket & keep filling the resevoir till it runs clean. The turkey baster method works good too but it seemed like it was always leaving some of that crud in there.
  6. silveradotrailblazer

    silveradotrailblazer Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    stephan, thanks for that info and I will try at next change.:great:
  7. stephan

    stephan Rockstar 4 Years 5000 Posts

    Forgot to mention, it's a good idea to have a helper standing by at the key in case the hose flops out of the drain bucket & starts spraying the garage floor ha ha ha... don't ask me how I know that
  8. Caddiac

    Caddiac Rockstar 3 Years 1000 Posts

    Welcome aboard! You have some good advice already but if none of their suggestions work, turn the radio up louder.......
  9. Bigbomber

    Bigbomber Rockstar 4 Years 5000 Posts


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