My '02 MV just had a bunch of work done (tires, 120K svc, new transmission pan, etc...), and it was running great, and all of a sudden a bunch of freaking smoke comes pouring out of the hood as I turn into a parking lot... smelled like hot plastic and burning oil.
Didn't seem to be leaking anything, so I drove the couple of miles home... making a whining sound that's very obvious at low RPM, and more obvious as I turn the wheel. I'm sure it's the Power steering pump. I'll check it for fluid in the morning, but I wonder if it's just empty.
Anyone do one of these? Where the hell is the damned thing? (If I bring it to a shop, how much is the job?) Am I risking more damage even driving it to the shop? Could a seized pump housing wreck a belt running other vital stuff?
I guess one related question is: Is the PS pump or fluid checked at the 120K service? (That was a little over a week ago, and I've put a few hundred miles on since.)