The powersteering belt has gone out, how do I replace it without taking it to the shop?
You will need some wrenchs, usually 1/2 inch and 9/16 or the metric equivalents 13 and 15 and something to pry with, a long screwdriver or wheel wrench,something flat and long.
Before you start look at the bottom pulley on your engine and note which groove is for which belt, they have to go back on the proper groove.
The alternator is probably the first belt from the rad, so loosen the bolt on the top of it and the one on the bottom, which you may be able to see but will probably have to feel out. Just a couple turns so it will loosen and you can remove the belt. You will have to feed it off over the fan one blade at a time. The second groove is probably the power steering.
On the back of the power steering pump you will see a bracket with a slot in it and a bolt. Loosen that bolt 3 or 4 turns. On the front of the pump there are 2 bolts to be loosened, 1 on top at the engine and one on the bottom about 7 o'clock. It will be hard to spot but feel around. Push the pump into the engine and start to feed the new belt over the fan, one blade at a time and slip it on the pulleys. Look at it from the side of the car and make sure the belt is lined up with itself to and bottom, it should be perfectly in line with itself.If not change pulleys until it is. use the pry, making sure it is on metal and not the plastic tank and snug the belt up. Tighten the back bolt first, and check the belt for tension, it should flex about 1/2 inch. Tighten the other two bolts on the pump.
Replace the alternator belt the same way, tightening the top bolt first. If ,by chance, you strip this bolt it's no big deal. Just get a longer bolt, same size that you can put a nut on and tighten it. Check for flex, 1/2 inch and tighten the bottom bolt.
Start the car once you have everything tightened up and turn your steering wheel lock to lock. If it turns hard or squeals, the belt needs to be tighter. Also check your charging light or guage to see that the car is charging. If not then tighten the alternator belt some more.
Don't be surprised if the power stering needs to be tightened in a while down the road, belts stretch over time.
If you have to remove an AC belt the tightening bolt should be at the back of the compressor, same as the power steering. Hope this helps.
Aug 18, 2009 |
1994 Cadillac DeVille