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The belt squeak part and loss of power steering assist sounds like the belt is in need of change / check the condition of the belt tensioner.
The rumbling - could you be more specific? Metallic noise? Low frequency, high frequency? Chassis vibrations? Anything else seems to be non-functional/working weird other than the noise? Did this rumbling noise seem to coincide with the belt squeak?
When was the last time you got a comprehensive tuneup (ie., new plugs, check plug wires, clean TB, change fluids, etc.)?
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