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rain on your parade. The pulley moving is likely evidence of the shaft in the pump going south. If there's play, you probably need to replace the pump.
The PS pump on my 9000 failed last summer on a cross-country trip. I heard a new kind of groan on start up in the morning but stuff seemed OK. Couple hours later we found it was leaking. We were going through a bottle of PS juice every 20-30 minutes at highway speed while we headed to the nearest indy. The belt was still moving OK, but the the shaft was wobbling a lot so out came the fluid. It failed totally as I pulled it into Road Tested Saabs in Indianapolis.
1999 9-3 SE auto (daily driver)
1996 9000 CSE 5 speed (soon to leave)
2003 9-5 Linear SportWagon (wife's)
1984 C900 4 door Base model (RIP)
1995 9000 CS (sold)
1996 9000 CS (RIP)
2000 9-3 SE (RIP)
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