Today my car started making a whining noise from under the hood. It sounds to be coming from the right side near the pulley system. Is it possible that it can be my power steering pump? The fluid levels were checked and they seemed to be fine, Although it does have a rack and pinion that i was going to get replaced soon, just waiting for funds to accumulate. The steering was a little harder than usual but this was due to the bad rack and pinion. Also, small amounts of power steering fluid was leaking from the bottom before the whining noise (rack and pinion?).The noise gets the loudest right before it shifts into id say 2nd gear(automatic car), or when i rev it when it's in park you can really hear the whiny noise. Is that enough evidence to say that the power steering pump has gone bad?