Then leaving work the car started up just fine. But when I was pulling out of the parking lot I had no power steering. It took a good 30seconds for the power steering to kick in. It drove the 40miles home just fine.
The loss of power steering made me think that the hard startup in the morning was just the power steering pump putting a lot of strain on my engine.
In the driveway I was playing with the steering system and when I turn the wheel all the way to the right or left the power steering pumps squeals really loud when you hit the stops.
I checked my power steering fluid level and it is actually slightly above the maximum mark. The hoses to the pump have no signs of leaks. The belt is good and tight. The power steering pressure switch seems to be working ok too because the engine rpms increase as you turn the wheel.
Just curious is this a sign that my power steering pump is going out? If so will it just progressivly get worse? Or will it just go out all together? My car has 170k on it.
1999 Toyota Solara SEV6 5speed
2009 Toyota Highlander Sport
2005 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
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