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Power steering problem

2 days ago my belt started to screech so i had a look around under the hood and checked power steering fluid which was low on fluid as i topped up fluid and the next day same thing but not as bad...the belt that goes around the power steering pump was replaced a month ago and is a little loose how tight does it have to be and since my power steering fluid was low would i have to bleed it?
i have lost faith in my local mechanic and its a fair drive into the city and would rather try and sort it my-self before having to see the local rip off lol
subaru legacy gt 1997
any help would be much appreciated guy/gals
thank you regards dee

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    dwayne sagh May 11, 2010

    u can bleed it by jacking it off the ground and going back and forth with the wheel slowly then again with it running , keeping the fluid topped up, what kind of shape is the idler pulley tensioner in /check that, there always going. otherwise the rack and pinion may be going out on you

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If the belt is loose, that would definitely give you that screech you are hearing...does the sound of the screech vary with the engine speed (in idle)? No matter...the belt should be tight enough that if you press down on the belt, it should move no more than about 1/8 of an inch...another thing you could do is get an aerosol spray called Belt Quiet (I think that's what it's name is), you can pick it up at any autoparts store; what that stuff does is lubricates the belt and pulley to reduce unwanted friction which could also be causing your screech.

As for the power steering pump, unless it was complete,ly dry, there is no need to bleed the pump. Cheers!

Posted on Feb 04, 2010

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One of the things that can happen when power steering fluid gets low is that it will foam. While you refilled it the next day, it's important to recheck it to ensure the foam had dissipated and you were filling to the correct level. If you fill it again and check tomorrow and it's low again, you have a leak which needs to be repaired or you will face the same problem everyday.

As for the belt tension, it should be approximately 1/4" play. More than that will cause slipping and screeching.

Here is an article on how to make the adjustment that will be helpful...
http://autorepair.about.com/library/a/1i/bl805i.htm

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