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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-14-04, 12:05 AM Thread Starter
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No Power steering belt??? bad?

Hey guys, just wondering if its OK to drive my car to work with the power steering belt off?? the idler pully has seized and I cant get one till tomorrow.

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Re: No Power steering belt??? bad?

It should be fine as far as i am aware

Be bloody hard to drive though at slow speeds!
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Re: No Power steering belt??? bad?

yes it ok, for short distances, it does place a bit of stress on things, and eat ya wheat bix, it almost impossible at low speed to turn the wheel, i know mine broke recently

I did put something here, but it vanshied, I think

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Re: No Power steering belt??? bad?

Thanks boys, well its just to work and back... then maybe the wreckers in the morning. I will try not to stress her :)

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Re: No Power steering belt??? bad?

Hi Brent79,

Don't buy one from the wreckers, you will only have problems with it because it will be from a high km car.

Try a bearing company, they sell complete new solid metal idle pulleys for about $50 and/or just take your old pulley in and they will press in a new bearing for about $10. CBC Consolidated Bearing Company is a good place to start.

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Re: No Power steering belt??? bad?

idler pulley is $34 brand new from ford, mine seized.

I did put something here, but it vanshied, I think

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Re: No Power steering belt??? bad?

hmm my car throws PS belts occasionally... might just get a new idler from ford cos i've gone thru like 3 belts that it's stretched throwing off..

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Re: No Power steering belt??? bad?

My Laser p/s belt broke many many weeks ago and I still haven't gotten around to fixing it. The steering was extremely heavy at first (about on par with a stock HQ Kingswood I once drove) but I've sort of gotten used to it.

But do get it fixed when you can.

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Re: No Power steering belt??? bad?

Yeah my p/s belt kept slipping of (mainly when going over speed humps way too fast or getting airborne up carpark at uni).

But i was caused from a leaking p/s pump. So i replaced (after many fights with the g/f that it wasn't my fault it kept coming off..) The pump was causing the belt to corrode i think.

however i only have a spanner set to 22mm so i was using a shifter for the pulley (the big one). And it is now pretty shit..

Does anyone know the true size of the big nut on the p/s pulley (my guess is about 24-25mm) cause i think i should buy a seperate spaner..




oh yeah, and i had real fun driving with out the p/s belt. Resorted to drving wrong way around traffic islands to save the arms (in residential areas) a couple of times...

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Re: No Power steering belt??? bad?

lol
I drove with no power steering for 3 weeks due to lack of funds, got used to it after that long. Then when I fixed it it felt so light it wasn't funny!
Had no problems what so ever (except parking at a shopping centre)
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