what I assumed the power steering pump or water pump was leaning more towards the power steering pump.. I think. well after looking around I happend to notice alot of fluid residue near the rad, and the fluid resevior was low.. hmm I said ok sounds like I found my problem and I appears that its a power steering line leak somewhere and hense the noise caused by low fluid levels and the leak in the line.. so I added some to max line and works like a charm so now I will be getting that line fixed asap. but I have a question involved here.. would it of damaged my pump from low fluid levels when it was making a noise for a period of about a year or less??