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Need to know how to adjust power steering pully adjuster

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Hello,
You cannot really adjust the belt tension as the belt tension pulley is actually controlled by a spring and keeps a constant even pressure on the belt. They used to be a manual adjustment but that is no longer the case, it's all "automatic" as they say now. You can only replace the belt if it's worn. T o move the tensioner you will need a low profile socket setup (small rachet head) and maybe a long pipe to get some holding pressure and then it can be moved. This tensioner has a left handed thread setup (opposite most regular bolts). Don't force it to move or the nut may loosen up!
The noise you hear most likely is the power steering pump going bad and eventually may need to be replaced. Make sure that the power steering pump reservoir is full of fluid as it will make noises if it is too low also.
Good Luck!
Rich Lilja

Posted on Apr 04, 2015

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    Jeffrey Lawson Apr 04, 2015

    Thank you for your advice. It's wierd that the whining noise in the steering only happens when car is driven for about 10 minutes or so when the motor is hot. once started there is no noise. So I'm assuming your right that the power steering pump is going bad.

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Their is now way to adjust the pulley it runs on a bearing if the pulley is wobbleing you need to replace the bearing or get a new pump .
If you are talking about the belt then their is a belt tenisiner that is a ware part and needs to be replaced from time to time not that expensive .
If you are talking about steering wheel play side to side there is an adjustment on the top of the steering box that can be tightened to reduce the play .However the problem may be with worn front end parts

Posted on Apr 03, 2015

Testimonial: "I did mean the belt tension pulley. I have a whining noise in my steering when the motor gets hot. I was thinking it was the belt that needed to be tightened because every now and then the belt squeals."

  • JOHN LAPIER Apr 04, 2015

    Then replace the tenisiner its a lot cheaper then the belt.Its a ware part 20 bucks and if you have any knowlage of how things work a few simple tools its 1 bolt but the preload on the spring is strong you need to push it in then the belt comes off replace the part . The trick is getting the belt back over the pulley leverage is the answer a long stright head screw driver to push back on the spring tenision and slip the belt over .You had better give me a good rateing for this

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    Jeffrey Lawson Apr 04, 2015

    Thank you John. Your advice was a huge help. I'm not sure how to rate on here. I hit the vote button and a 1 came up. I can't add to it

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