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I have a 2002 Acura TL. Several months ago the power

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I have a 2002 Acura TL. Several months ago the power steering pump was whining so I took to my mechanic and he replaced the pump. Unfortunately it was still whining. We drove it for a couple weeks and it was still whining. He replaced it again with the same result. He replaced it a third time with and an Acura pump. Now it's worse. Why?
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Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Acura
Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 5 months ago.

Hello Im Chris and I will assist you.

Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 5 months ago.

Can you look into your power steering reservoir and tell me if you see little bubbles?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
There were no bubbles when I checked it yesterday
Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 5 months ago.

No bubbles and he used an Acura pump already. Does the whine get louder with engine speed?

Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 5 months ago.

Acura makes an updated inlet O-ring for that pump that is orange. That usually takes care of the problem. Did he install the orange O-ring?

Expert:  CHRIS ZAPANTIS replied 5 months ago.

Are you there Mike?

Expert:  acramstr replied 5 months ago.

There are a few other things that can make these pumps wine. Try replacing the Feed hose between the pump and power steering tank as well as the tank itself. If the hose gets hard with age it can suck air into the system and cause the pump to wine. There is a screen in the bottom of the tank that can get plugged and cause the pump to wine as well. Also the fan belt tensioner pulleys can wine as well as the alternator. It would be a good idea to try a mechanic stethascope to try to pinpoint the sound if this has not already been tried.

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