correct way to tension the power steering belt on a '99 Camry?

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Old 02 Jun 2013, 11:37 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,

I think the squealing noise when I turn the steering wheel all the way to the left or right is because the power steering belt is not tensioned enough.

When I changed the timing belt, I got new drive and PS belts, but there is no spring-loaded tensioner for the PS pump as there is for the timing belt.

When I installed the PS belt, I tried to push the PS pump as far to the left as I could, while also tightening the sliding bolt, but I think I did not push it hard enough.

Since I think I have to remove the alternator and motor mount bracket (gee I hate that one) *again* to get at the PS pivot bolt, I'd like to only have to do this once.

What is the correct way to tension the PS belt?

Haynes and the FSM are strangely silent about this. I was wondering if I should have my wife push the PS pump with a prybar from above while I tighten the sliding bolt from below, but I'm afraid we'd scratch or damage something important...

Thanks!

Michael
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Old 04 Jun 2013, 01:08 am   #2 (permalink)
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On Sunday, June 2, 2013 9:37:56 PM UTC-7, mrda...@gmail.com wrote:
> Hi,
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> I think the squealing noise when I turn the steering wheel all the way tothe left or right is because the power steering belt is not tensioned enough.
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> When I changed the timing belt, I got new drive and PS belts, but there is no spring-loaded tensioner for the PS pump as there is for the timing belt.
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> When I installed the PS belt, I tried to push the PS pump as far to the left as I could, while also tightening the sliding bolt, but I think I did not push it hard enough.
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> Since I think I have to remove the alternator and motor mount bracket (gee I hate that one) *again* to get at the PS pivot bolt, I'd like to only have to do this once.
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> What is the correct way to tension the PS belt?
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> Haynes and the FSM are strangely silent about this. I was wondering if Ishould have my wife push the PS pump with a prybar from above while I tighten the sliding bolt from below, but I'm afraid we'd scratch or damage something important...
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> Thanks!
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> Michael



Resolved. I removed the tire and accessed the pivot bolt from the bottom, so I didn't need to remove the alternator or motor mount bracket again (whew!)

I found the biggest wrench I could find and simply used it as a lever against the oil pan, and pushed to the left as hard as I could while tightening the adjustment bolt. Patched everything up, drove around the block, and nomore squeal when I turn the wheel far left or right; just a slight hiss, which is what I was used to (PS bypass valve opening?)

Fun fun.

Michael
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Old 04 Jun 2013, 02:34 pm   #3 (permalink)
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mrdarrett@gmail.com wrote:
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> I found the biggest wrench I could find and simply used it as a lever
> against the oil pan,


You have successfully invented pry-bar style tool # 400230047485,
Congratulations.

Unfortunately, "whatever works" really is the only option on some things.
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Old 04 Jun 2013, 03:18 pm   #4 (permalink)
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On Tuesday, June 4, 2013 12:34:08 PM UTC-7, Geoff Welsh wrote:
> mrdarrett@gmail.com wrote:
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> > I found the biggest wrench I could find and simply used it as a lever

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> > against the oil pan,

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> You have successfully invented pry-bar style tool # 400230047485,
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> Congratulations.



Thank you thank you thank you. =)

Then afterwards I was wondering if I'd damaged the oil pan... then I was like "Ehh screw it, as long as the oil level is good it's all good."


> Unfortunately, "whatever works" really is the only option on some things.



Ah, gotcha. I was wondering if there was a standard technique for you professional mechanics.


> GW



Thanks!

Michael
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Old 05 Jun 2013, 01:36 am   #5 (permalink)
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mrdarrett@gmail.com wrote:
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> Ah, gotcha. I was wondering if there was a standard technique for
> you professional mechanics.
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everybody has four or five different length pry-bars, so in a shop with
several people that get along with each other, there's always one that's
just right...also scrap pieces of 2x4 make excellent fulcrums.

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Old 05 Jun 2013, 06:17 pm   #6 (permalink)
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On Tuesday, June 4, 2013 11:36:25 PM UTC-7, Geoff Welsh wrote:
> mrdarrett@gmail.com wrote:
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> > Ah, gotcha. I was wondering if there was a standard technique for

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> > you professional mechanics.

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> everybody has four or five different length pry-bars, so in a shop with
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> several people that get along with each other, there's always one that's
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> just right...also scrap pieces of 2x4 make excellent fulcrums.
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> GW



2x4! Great idea! That would reduce the risk of scratching metal engine parts. Thanks!

I find that funny how you said "in a shop with several people that get along with each other." I'm surprised we can get anything accomplished at all in my office... everyone seems to dislike everyone... too much drama.


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Old 07 Jun 2013, 03:12 pm   #7 (permalink)
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mrdarrett@gmail.com wrote:
> On Tuesday, June 4, 2013 11:36:25 PM UTC-7, Geoff Welsh wrote:
>> mrdarrett@gmail.com wrote:


>>> Ah, gotcha. I was wondering if there was a standard technique
>>> for

>>
>>> you professional mechanics.

>
>> everybody has four or five different length pry-bars, so in a shop
>> with
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>> several people that get along with each other, there's always one
>> that's
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>> just right...also scrap pieces of 2x4 make excellent fulcrums.


>> GW

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> 2x4! Great idea! That would reduce the risk of scratching metal
> engine parts. Thanks!
>
> I find that funny how you said "in a shop with several people that
> get along with each other." I'm surprised we can get anything
> accomplished at all in my office... everyone seems to dislike
> everyone... too much drama.
>

if real life were a comedy, it would be a TV show. A GOOD show, not a
"reality" show

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