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Old 12-09-2012, 11:12 AM   #1
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Hey guys, yesterday started having trouble with my steering, left turns are not as bad, but when I turn right I get a gawd awful screech. I looked under my hood and my power steering pulley hasa little bit of play in it and my belts have about an inch of play in them. Does this have anything to do with it? And yes I have fluid.


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Old 12-09-2012, 12:06 PM   #2
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If the noise is coming from the belts, wash the belts & pullies using common degreaser (SimpleGreen, PurplePower, etc.) and a garden hose. After a few soap/rinse cycles with the engine off/cold, do a couple more with the engine idling, then let it dry and adjust or replace the belts.

If the noise is coming from the PS pump, click this & read the captions:

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Old 12-09-2012, 12:29 PM   #3
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Looks like the belt is too loose to me. Cleaning it won't hurt but I'm betting
the belt is too loose is the real problem.

You know, I don't believe my hands and fingernails have ever been that
clean in my whole life. Ok, -maybe- the first week after I was born. LOL :)

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You know, I don't believe my hands and fingernails have ever been that
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have light colored walls and my parents make me wash my hands before i go inside.
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Old 12-09-2012, 12:59 PM   #5
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my thumb rule (dirty thumb) is that if you can twist the belt past seeing the ribs on the underside, then its too lose/old.
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my thumb rule (dirty thumb) is that if you can twist the belt past seeing the ribs on the underside, then its too lose/old.
how big of a pain is it to install new one. and about how much?
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Mickaila's idea sounds like a really good one, I'm gonna go out and test
it and get back with my take/value on it...

My opinion is the same as Mic's. I feel as tho my power steering belt is a
little on the loose side and (with a certain amount of effort) I can turn the
belt upside-down on the longer stretch.

The "deflection" method always seemed kinda crummy to me, I like Mic's
way better. :)

IME, the A/C belt needs to be friggin tight! I can turn it almost sideways.
{it's a bigger belt and has shorter open-stretches + tighter too}

The alternator belt feels about right and I can turn it almost upside down.

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ok put a new pump in and now im trying to remove the old belt, where is the tensioner to loosen it to remove?
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Probably the PS pump bracket. See the square drive on the corner above the pulley? That's for a 3/8 ratchet or breaker bar.
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Probably the PS pump bracket. See the square drive on the corner above the pulley? That's for a 3/8 ratchet or breaker bar.
wow wish i would have known that before i took off the pulley again and went thru hell getting it back on with the belt cause it was tighter
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