1990 camry gradual power steering failure

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Old 09 Apr 2004, 07:52 am   #1 (permalink)
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Default 1990 camry gradual power steering failure

Hey All,

I've lost most of my power steering over the last 6 months gradually. I think
it's the belt being lose, but not sure (it squeeks and steering gets hard and
then easy and back and forth), but wanted to know where it is located and if
it's relatively easy to change and check. Thanks for any help.



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Old 10 Apr 2004, 10:23 am   #2 (permalink)
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ededit68@aol.com (ED EDIT68) wrote in message news:<20040409085234.20778.00000041@mb-m21.aol.com>...
> Hey All,
>

I think
> it's the belt being lose, but not sure (it squeeks and steering gets hard


Sounds like you need a new belt. Also a good idea to replace the fluid
if it's been neglected.
If you have to ask how to find it, this is probably a task best left
to the Dealer, or an independent mechanic specializing in Toyota.
(There are probably only two accessory drive belts running off the
crankshaft pulley, the shorter one goes directly to the power steering
pump - you loosen the pivot and adjustment bolts to remove and
reinstall the belt - but to someone familiar with such things, this is
obvious. I wouldn't recommend them, but even Pep Boys can do this.
Keep your hands clean and injury free - pay someone to do this for
you. You could try just tightening the belt, but once it has become
loose to the point of squealing and failing to operature the power
steering pump, the surface is glazed and it should be replaced.)
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Old 10 Apr 2004, 10:25 am   #3 (permalink)
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ededit68@aol.com (ED EDIT68) wrote in message news:<20040409085234.20778.00000041@mb-m21.aol.com>...
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> I've lost most of my power steering over the last 6 months gradually. I think
> it's the belt being lose


You might want to check the last time the timing belt was changed.
Usually the power steering belt is replaced at the same time because
it has to come off anyway.
Your timing belt service may be overdue. Just a guess, but worth
checking your records.
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Old 10 Apr 2004, 11:04 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the advice, I'll let someone else do it for sure. Any idea
how much changing the power steering belt costs?




nospampls2002@yahoo.com (Daniel M. Dreifus) wrote in message news:<c5ef7dc0.0404100723.4497916a@posting.google. com>...
> ededit68@aol.com (ED EDIT68) wrote in message news:<20040409085234.20778.00000041@mb-m21.aol.com>...
> > Hey All,
> >

> I think
> > it's the belt being lose, but not sure (it squeeks and steering gets hard

>
> Sounds like you need a new belt. Also a good idea to replace the fluid
> if it's been neglected.
> If you have to ask how to find it, this is probably a task best left
> to the Dealer, or an independent mechanic specializing in Toyota.
> (There are probably only two accessory drive belts running off the
> crankshaft pulley, the shorter one goes directly to the power steering
> pump - you loosen the pivot and adjustment bolts to remove and
> reinstall the belt - but to someone familiar with such things, this is
> obvious. I wouldn't recommend them, but even Pep Boys can do this.
> Keep your hands clean and injury free - pay someone to do this for
> you. You could try just tightening the belt, but once it has become
> loose to the point of squealing and failing to operature the power
> steering pump, the surface is glazed and it should be replaced.)

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Old 11 Apr 2004, 08:17 am   #5 (permalink)
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ededit68@verizon.net (ededit68) wrote in message news:<60ebd50d.0404102004.15df004f@posting.google. com>...
Any idea
> how much changing the power steering belt costs?
>

The belt itself should be under $10 (around $7), so most of the cost,
(as is often the case) will be labor charges.
Just call a few places to get an estimate. There's probably a standard
amount of labor time for that job - then multiply by the hourly rate.
There's often a minimum charge for putting the car up on a lift.
Also, as usual, the mechanic may find other recommended service items
that could raise the cost. For example, if the power steering belt is
loose, what condition is the alternator belt? Even if the condition is
OK, while he's there, the mechanic should check the belt tension.
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