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Will driving without power steering belt hurt the steering rack or anything else on the car

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By the book yes. the stearing rack usess the fluid a a lube as well... however i have ran my 95 civic without a belt for 6+ years without issues (well there is no power stearing)

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Something wrong with Power Steering

1. Check that the serpentine belt is still intact and still in position over all the pulleys on the engine including the power steering pump.

2. Check the power steering fluid level. If very low or empty you obviously have a significant power steering fluid leak which could be from a ruptured flexible hose, a leaky hose connection, a leak from the power steering pump itself or leaks from the fluid seals in the steering rack. If the PS pump has been run with very low fluid it will have been pumping air and will be damaged.

3. If the PS pump itself has failed you will obviously lose PS assistance and a bad pump would need to be replaced.

4. Since you have not checked anything on the car no one here can tell you the likely source of your particular PS failure.

5. The steering wheel should still turn but if the car is not moving it will be extremely heavy and difficult to move.without PS assistance so don't attempt to drive it in its present condition.

Nov 24, 2015 | 1996 Chrysler Town & Country

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How do i bypass a power steering pump in a 2001 mazda protege without using a smaller belt

You can't. And I wouldn't do it for several reasons. First of all, it will be really difficult to turn the wheel at slower speeds and the reaction time of turning the wheels will be increased tremendously, thus increasing your chances of getting into an accident. Having no power steering assist on a car originally designed with power steering IS NOT the same as a car with manual steering. Second: many power steering racks require some form of recirculating fluid to keep the seals and the rack lubricated. So without the pump, eventually you might seize up the rack or blow a seal and that's a nice expensive repair.

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Sep 23, 2015 | 2001 Mazda Protege

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My power steering belt came off. no power steering. can i still drive it without hurting my car

You should be able to drive it to the shop to get it fixed. You just won't have power steering assist at slow speeds.

Jul 17, 2014 | 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser

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Steering is hard

Your power steering belt is loose or broke. It must be absolutely tight; Your fluid is low; On rare occasion a ball joint or tie rod is frozen or steering box (or rack) is without lubrication; Without a noticeable noise I can't think of anything else. Probably the belt or fluid;

Feb 26, 2014 | 2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

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Can you drive a standard without power steering

If the vehicle is fitted with pas it MUST work for the mot. However the oil lubes parts in the rack & the pump so without I would assume there is a poss it could seize. If it was myn I would cut the hose, use a metal pipe & join the 2 bits of hose.

Aug 12, 2012 | Kia Rio Cars & Trucks

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Driving without power steering belt will this hurt my car,ssteering rack ect.

not unless driven for a long time. i have a 95 civic ex that i dave driven for the last 6 years without a ps belt... i would probibly have problems if i put a buelt back on it but currently no problems

Aug 05, 2010 | 1991 Honda Accord

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Transmission issue

your biggest problemmay be the power steering return hose,or the rack pinion,they both are designedto control pressure

Apr 04, 2010 | 2004 Mazda 6

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Torque converter question.

Your torque converter Is there only to convert the rotation of the engine into hydrolic pressure for the transmission. Turning the steering wheel wouldnt have ANY affect on the torque converter and wouldn't tear it up. If you have ever had a belt break on a car while driving, you may recall that steering the vehical becam harder as the vehicle slowed. This is becasue the power steering system is primarily used (and works its hardest) at lower (like parking lot) speeds.

The device that gives the power steering it Hydrolic pressure and such, is the "Power Steering Pump" this is only drivin by the engine's rotation via a belt(serpintine or what have you) Now, this can be damaged by that sort of activity, as whell as the rack and pinion that pushes and pulls the wheels (thus turning the vehicle). Now the Steering Rack is not a cheap piece to replace.

In my advise, Heed if you like, i wouldn't continue that unless you have deeper pockets than i and don't mind throwing it away! lol Reason is it does put un nessisary strain on the power steering components that will eventually fail because of the ammount of heat generated by the endless back and fourth (see-saw) motion of the steering rack, and the devices that give it power.

But, On a lighter note... there is not transmission fluid in the powersteering system(this is why they sell two different types of fluid.. haha) and the torque converter is not responcible for powering in anyway, the power steering system.

Hope this helps your understanding.

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Mar 27, 2010 | 2003 Volkswagen Passat

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