- Park the vehicle in the well lighted work space and open the hood.
- Remove cover from over the alternator with your adjustable wrench.
- Locate the hexagon bolt in the middle of the alternator.
- Pull the belt off of the alternator and continue removing it from around the other pulleys.
Click to read more on it. Just so, how do you loosen a power steering belt?
Loosen the bolt of the upper mount point of the pump as well as lower mount bolt. This will loosen the pump’s pulley. This will also loosen the tension of the belt, making it easier to pry the belt away. Do not totally remove the power steering pump from the engine.
Beside above, where is the belt tensioner located? That is the big long belt in the front of your engine. The tensioner rides on the outside surface of the belt to put pressure, or tension, on the belt and against the pulleys that drive things like the alternator, power steering, air conditioner, etc.
Consequently, when should I replace my drive belt?
Serpentine belts are built to last—much longer than before because of advancements in rubber technology. Under ideal conditions, a belt should stick with you for an average of 60,000 to 100,000 miles.
Is a serpentine belt the same as a power steering belt?
What is a Serpentine Belt? A serpentine belt is another type of belt inside the engine. A serpentine belt lasts longer than traditional drive belts and is much easier to remove and install. This belt also transmits power between the steering pump, alternator, water pump and air conditioner compressor.
How do you tighten power steering?
- Use a floor jack to raise the front wheels of the vehicle off the ground and place a jack stand under each side of the frame.
- Move the steering wheel back and forth gently until it stops at both ends–left and right.
- Select the proper wrench to loosen the lock nut.
How long does it take to change a power steering belt?
(Remember, every car is different, and changing the belt on certain cars may require special tools.) Changing the belt should only take about 15 minutes. Make sure the car is switched off and cooled down before touching any part of the engine.
How much does it cost to replace a power steering belt?
The replacement cost is only going to be between $90 and $200 in most cases. The belt itself will cost between $25 and $75 while the labor costs will probably be between $75 and $120.
How much tension should a power steering belt have?
The required measure of tension in the serpentine belt is that it should not deflect more than ½ inch when twisted either way from the middle. If twisted more, the belt is loose, and if twisted less, the belt is too tight. Either of the positions does not work for the vehicle.
Does the serpentine belt affect power steering?
A worn serpentine belt can also lead to poor power steering performance (difficulty steering and premature wear on the power steering pump), insufficient engine cooling (that leads to overheating), and decreased ability of the A/C system to cool passengers on a warm day.
How do you diagnose a bad pulley?
- Visibly worn pulleys. One of the first symptoms of an issue with an idler pulley is visible wear on the pulley.
- Belt squealing. Another common symptom of a possible issue with the idler pulley is squealing from the engine belts.
- Damaged bearing or pulley.
Can I drive without a power steering belt?
It is not bad. It’s just harder to steer. But that’s how people used to drive for many decades before the advent of power steering. Do, however, make sure that your power steering pump is mounted properly onto the engine block and the serpentine belt because the belt has to have all the pulleys mounted on and tight.
What happens if your serpentine belt breaks while driving?
A broken serpentine belt leads to a sudden loss of power assist for the steering system, where the steering wheel all-of-a-sudden becomes very hard to turn. A broken serpentine belt stops the water pump from circulating coolant (antifreeze) through the cooling system, and the engine can overheat – anywhere!
Can you tighten alternator belt too much?
If your belt is too tight, you could shear the bolts of the pulleys, or the belt itself might break off while you are driving. You will need to adjust an alternator belt whenever it has been removed from the car.
What does a bad belt tensioner sound like?
1. Grinding or squeaking noise from the belts or tensioner. If the tensioner is loose the belts may squeak or squeal, especially when the engine is first started. It is also possible for the tensioner pulley or bearing to wear out, in which case the vehicle will produce a grinding noise from the pulley.
When should I replace pulleys?
Alternator decouplers and pulleys should be inspected every 10,000 miles for wear. Early design versions have a service life of 40,000 to 60,000 miles, with more recent versions lasting more than 100,000 miles. When inspecting a decoupler or pulley, there are two signs that replacement is needed.
Why can’t I get my serpentine belt back on?
If you can’t get the belt on, without the tensioner even being in the vehicle, then make sure your belt routing is correct. Another trick is to slide the belt on over a pulley or idler that runs off the back/smooth side of the belt, once the V-groove side is properly seated in the grooved pulleys.