What the Power Steering Belt is all about?
The power steering is a system that assist steer the vehicle so that only a modest amount of effort is needed from the driver. The power steering belt is produced of flexible material with one flat side and one grooved side. The belt is wrapped around many pulleys while keeping a certain amount of tension on the belt at all times. In modern cars, one belt, known as the serpentine belt, controls the entire system. Older vehicle models, such as those produced before the late 1990s, might have multiple belts with each one controlling a single part. The modern serpentine belt sends power along to several components of the engine, including the power steering system, alternator and air conditioning system. The driver must put far more energy when the belt is broken since the power steering part will not turn.
Bear in mind:
- When the belt breaks, the power steering will stop functioning.
- The belt may become slack, which will make it to wear faster and slip; it can cause the steering to feel heavy and jerky.
- You may hear a loud screeching noise when you start the engine.
- How it’s done:
- The hood is first opened and the serpentine belt is removed for access to the power steering belt.
- The power steering belt is then taken out by loosening the power steering pivot and adjuster bolts then pushing down on the pump.
- The new power steering belt is mounted onto the pump and the pump is pulled up to tighten the belt. The adjusting and pivot bolts are tightened.
- The serpentine belt is then reinstalled and the pulley alignment is checked.
- The engine is run and the power steering system operation is inspected.
The belt and power steering system should be visibly inspected by an expert mechanics at least every six months or every 6,000 miles. The tension of the belt can then be adjusted, which will keep the belt from breaking if caught in time. Once a belt has been changed, you should test the car to see how well it steers. Our expert mechanics will test drive the vehicle after changing the belt in case of any required adjustments.
What are common symptoms that indicate you may need to change the Power Steering Belt?
- Belt looks worn
- Belt breaks or the steering gets difficult
- You hear a squealing noise
How Important is this service?
If the power steering belt breaks, the car will be difficult to steer leading to dangerous situations. Ignoring to change the power steering belt when it is worn during regular maintenance could lead to its failure.