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1994 Mercury Villager suddenly smelled terrible, started squeaking horribly, and then the power steering went. Steering is still possible and easier when the car ran (I parked it ASAP). In the lot I had to do an Incredible Hulk to make the wheels move, but they did move. Was told it's likely the power steering belt. Is there a way for a layman to tell it's not the pump - just the belt?

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  • chaslinux Jun 17, 2009

    The power steering belt was part of the problem. As soon as the car was up on the hoist it was pretty clear (it was hanging there). Turns out the pump did kill the belt!



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If you can turn the pump pulley by hand, likely it's OK... If so, change the belt. if not, you know what you need to do.

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  • Richard Scordino Jun 17, 2009

    also check all other related pulleys for the belt to make sure that one of them is not binding...didn't have to be the ps pump that killed the drivebelt!



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