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Your car needs more than just the engine and transmission to operate. It needs the alternator to supply electricity while the engine’s running. You need the air conditioner to provide cool air during hot weather. You need a power steering pump to help make steering your car easier. All of these accessories need power, and that power is supplied by a belt (or belts in some cases).

Most cars today use a single belt, called a serpentine belt. Older cars often have two belts – a drive belt and an alternator belt. Your power steering belt is generally the serpentine or drive belt. Without this, the power steering pump doesn’t work and fluid cannot be sent through the lines to the steering rack.

The immediate upshot of not having an operational power steering pump is that it becomes much more difficult to turn the wheel. If you’ve ever driven a car without power steering, you know just how difficult it can be to steer, particularly at lower speeds.

Your car’s power steering belt (serpentine belt) is in use every time you crank the engine. It transmits power from the primary pulley on the engine to all of your accessories (power steering pump, alternator, etc.). As you can imagine, this belt is subjected to an incredible amount of wear and tear, as well as heat. There’s also the potential for impact from a broken component (which might cut the belt).

Most belts are designed to last between 60,000 and 100,000 miles. However, yours should be inspected at every single maintenance interval (every oil change). This ensures that you’re able to keep an eye on the belt’s condition and catch it before it fails. If you’re able to replace it before it breaks, you avoid the prospect of being stranded on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck. Your belt may also need to be tightened (manual tensioning systems) or the auto-tensioner might need to be inspected or maintained.

Knowing the signs to watch for that indicate your power steering belt is about to fail will help prevent you from being stranded. These include:

  • Squealing from under the hood after the engine starts (indicates a stretched belt)
  • Cracks on the belt
  • Cuts or nicks on the belt
  • Missing or damaged grooves on the belt
  • Glazing on the belt (appears shiny)

If you suspect your power steering belt is wearing to the point that it needs to be replaced, don't take chances. A certified mechanic can inspect the power steering belt and replace it if necessary.


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Pierre

8 years of experience
35 reviews
Pierre
8 years of experience
Infiniti FX35 - Power Steering Belt - Lexington, Massachusetts
Pierre did a great job on this project. Found him knowledgeable and helpful all round. Would highly recommend him for any auto mechanical projects.

Joshua

31 years of experience
2 reviews
Joshua
31 years of experience
Nissan Pathfinder - Power Steering Belt - Oakley, California
Joshua's service today was professional and friendly. I appreciate how he took the time to explain the service he was performing and also how he took time to explain his recommendations for future services. At this point, although the service was just performed today, I certainly would recommend Joshua and would also personally request he service my car in the future.

Jeffrey

26 years of experience
859 reviews
Jeffrey
26 years of experience
Toyota Tacoma - Power Steering Belt - Charlotte, North Carolina
I needed all three belts replaced (A/C, PS, alternator) on my Toyota Tacoma. Jeffrey did an amazing job in diagnosing the problem, explaining the problem, executing the job with detail attention to the task at hand, and further diagnosing any additional underlying issues if any that could spur up. With all that in mind the price was far cheaper then going to a Auto shop, especially if you purchase your own parts. I would highly recommend Jeffrey and would use he's services without question for any future auto repairs.

Aaron

14 years of experience
24 reviews
Aaron
14 years of experience
Chrysler PT Cruiser - Power Steering Belt - Denver, Colorado
This guy has it together, he gets the repair done quickly and definitely goes above and beyond. I would work with him again in the future.

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