I know it's been a while since I've been around here...
Couple few weeks ago I started to have a problem, sounded like the trans was whining a little bit but it turns out it's the power steering. I've checked the oil hot and cold and it's full, but the pump is making a whining noise (kinda like it's low on oil) and unless I speed up my RPM it's a major bitch to turn the wheel.
There's no leaks, it only has maybe 108 or 109K miles on it. Oil's never been changed and I have no idea what's up.. could be the pump going or does the oil need to be changed (never did a steering pump oil change and don't know how.
I've see some youtube videos where some dumb ars uses a suction device and sucks out the oil through the res. but that's not going to get all of it.
Power steering pumps are going for about $45 or so but I've never changed one and don't think I have the right tools to do it, and no, no $ to take it to a stealership...
__________________ ......... Yea.. that California Old Fart has RETURNED!!!
From my experience, having replaced the pump twice (OE broke, replacement aftermarket one was a bad rebuild) I can give you a word of advise, buy a pump with the pulley already installed. It is not that much more money and it will save you a ton of time and frustration. For some reason, installing the pulley on the pump has been a PAIN IN THE *** both times. For some reason it does not slide in smoothly, it took a lot of work to get the pulley to sit right.