'95 Camry power steering help?

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Old 05 Apr 2006, 07:11 am   #1 (permalink)
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Default '95 Camry power steering help?

My power steering is off and on... if I crank the steering to both sides it
seems to help the power steering work better, although I don't always have
to do this.
I thought there might be a belt that needs tightening, but there doesn't
seem to be one.
Any other ideas?
Is it time to replace the pump?
Just wondering before I bring it in to the mechanic, so I don't get ripped
off too badly.
Thanks to all.


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Old 05 Apr 2006, 08:40 am   #2 (permalink)
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They can install fresh fluid and check the belt tension.
Yes. There is a belt.
You remove the left front tire for access.
If you look carefully with a flashlight from above you should be able
to see it.
I regularly press down on the power steering belt with an index finger
for a sort of rough check of belt tension because after I installed the
new belt, it did require adjustment. After that has been OK though.
One of the regular maintenance procedures recommended by Toyota is
checking belt tension.
They recommend a Burroughs belt tension gauge, which I found on eBay.
Works well on the A/C, alternator belt, but not enough room to use on
the power steering belt. There I use a small "click" type belt gauge I
got long ago from Mercedes. I understand NAPA may now sell a similar
belt tension gauge.
In my opinion it helps to use a gauge. First time I checked the belts
(far as I know the prior owner had the dealer do the replacement with
the timing belt) they were about thirty pounds off.

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Old 05 Apr 2006, 11:01 am   #3 (permalink)
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"Daniel" <nospampls2002@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> They can install fresh fluid and check the belt tension.
> Yes. There is a belt.
> You remove the left front tire for access.
> If you look carefully with a flashlight from above you should be able
> to see it.
> I regularly press down on the power steering belt with an index finger
> for a sort of rough check of belt tension because after I installed the
> new belt, it did require adjustment. After that has been OK though.
> One of the regular maintenance procedures recommended by Toyota is
> checking belt tension.
> They recommend a Burroughs belt tension gauge, which I found on eBay.
> Works well on the A/C, alternator belt, but not enough room to use on
> the power steering belt. There I use a small "click" type belt gauge I
> got long ago from Mercedes. I understand NAPA may now sell a similar
> belt tension gauge.
> In my opinion it helps to use a gauge. First time I checked the belts
> (far as I know the prior owner had the dealer do the replacement with
> the timing belt) they were about thirty pounds off.


I had always been a bit hesitant to tension belts right up to their correct
amount, as I thought it may put too much load on water-pump, (not the case
for a Camry,..driven off cam-belt)alternator or PS pump etc,..however I've
since realised the correct tension is way off the amount to accelerate
bearing wear in said auxcillaries.

The belt will stretch to an extent,..and I suspect mechanics probably over
tension slightly in the knowledge the belt will stretch and come back to
near the correct tension.

Jason


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