Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Power Steering Belt

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Cost of Replacing a Bad or Failing Power Steering Belt

If you hear strange noises coming from the front of your vehicle or the power steering belt looks worn, have your power steering belt replaced. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Power Steering Belt Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2010 Mazda Tribute $105 $34.78 $70.00 26% $142.28
2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca $104 $33.58 $70.00 26% $141.08
2004 Nissan Maxima $120 $50.36 $70.00 23% $157.86
2004 Mercedes-Benz S600 $116 $31.88 $84.00 27% $160.88
2008 Land Rover Range Rover $105 $34.78 $70.00 26% $142.28
2012 Jaguar XF $132 $33.93 $98.00 28% $184.43
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How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing Power Steering Belt?

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The power steering belt is an important part of the power steering system in your vehicle. The belt can either be a V-belt style or more commonly a serpentine belt. The belt supplies power to the steering, and in some cases the air conditioning compressor and alternator. Over time, the power steering belt may crack, break, become loose, or worn due to constant use. There are a few symptoms to watch out for before the power steering belt completely fails, and renders your vehicle without power steering:

1. Noises coming from the belt

While you are driving, if you notice a squealing, grinding, or chirping noise coming from the front of your car, it could be the power steering belt wearing down. The belt can wear down in many different ways, and a noise coming from the belt is one sign that you should have your power steering belt inspected and replaced by a professional mechanic.

2. Inspect the belt for damages

If you feel comfortable inspecting your power steering belt, you can do so at home. Check for a broken belt, oil contamination, a damaged belt, gravel in the belt, uneven rib wear, rib separation, pilling, and random cracking across the ribs. These are all signs that your power steering belt is failing and needs to be replaced right away. Do not wait because steering is a safety issue and without it, your vehicle will be dangerous to drive.

3. Slipping belt

In addition to making noise, the belt may be slipping. This may cause intermittent power steering especially under demand. This is seen when the belt has stretched and is almost to its failure point. Most commonly this occurs when turning tightly or placing high demands on the power steering system. A slipping belt can cause serious issues since your power steering will intermittently not function causing strange steering problems.

Best left to the professionals

Replacing the power steering belt requires a certain level of mechanical tools and skills. If you are uncertain then this is a job best left to professionals. Furthermore, the tension has to be just right so it is not too tight or too loose on V-belt systems. If the belt is too loose, the power steering will not be as responsive. If the belt is too tight, the steering will be difficult.

If you hear strange noises coming from the front of your vehicle or the power steering belt looks worn, you may need your power steering belt replaced by a trained professional. At the same time, the mechanics will inspect all the components it powers to ensure everything is working correctly.

YourMechanic makes getting repairs to your power steering belt easy by coming to your home or office to diagnose or fix issues. You can book a service online 24/7. YourMechanic’s qualified technicians are also available for any questions that may arise.

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Brad

11 years of experience
3 reviews
Brad
11 years of experience
Brad was very professional and got right to work and replaced the belts. Great service! I would hire Brad again.
2006 NISSAN SENTRA - POWER STEERING BELT - LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

Kenneth

17 years of experience
335 reviews
Kenneth
17 years of experience
Kenneth knows his stuff and has been professional and on time for both appointments I have had with him.
2005 TOYOTA CAMRY - POWER STEERING BELT - SANTA FE SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA

Robert

20 years of experience
99 reviews
Robert
20 years of experience
Robert was great, he was prompt and did the work in a very professional manner, unfortunately he was sent with one of the wrong belts from your mechanic but i was able to run to an auto parts store and get it that took a little bit of extra time and he also had to wait on the phone with your mechanic to change out the parts information in order for me to get a correct estimate, but Robert was a very good nice mechanic.
2004 NISSAN XTERRA - POWER STEERING BELT - HOUSTON, TEXAS

Torrieanto

9 years of experience
199 reviews
Torrieanto
9 years of experience
Excellent, very knowledgeable, fast and courteous.... would recommend him and will definitely use him again
2001 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY - POWER STEERING BELT - DOVER, FLORIDA

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