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Old 04-03-2012, 11:50 AM   #1
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I've been trying to locate the tensioner bolt near the back-side of the power steering pump. I found the two read PSP adjusting bolts, but not the long tensioner bolt that I see in many pictures on the web.

What's the deal.....my trusty repair shop wants $85 just for 1 hour labor on this even though I have the new belt in hand.

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Maybe these pics will help.. Be sure you loosen the two bolts labeled 'A' in fig. 5, or 'C and B' in fig. 6 before you use the adjuster bolt.
*After you replace the belt, keep in mind these belts need a lot of tension. If it slips or squeaks, it's probably not tight enough. Hope this helps.
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Ok, I have the two "A" bolts loosened good. Now I have let out the tensioner bolt 3 inches, the belt seems as taught as it did before. What could I be doing wrong? How long do I have to let out the tensioner bolt before I can slip the old belt off?

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I had the same issue just a few weeks ago. Once I loosened the tension bolt I actually had to push the power steering towards the engine, it did not go by just loosening the tension bolt.
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So how far do I let the tension bolt out? I have it at 3 inches so far. Can I let it out too far? Just making sure.
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Did you loosen bolt "C"?
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Steering stabilizers will not cure or cause death wobble, they only mask the real problem that is causing death wobble. Oil pumps do not make pressure, they create flow. Bearing clearence and restrictions make pressure. It's the crank sensor.
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I had to do "C" too? I'll do that. Do I also loosen bolt "B" too?
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it was just the "C" bolt that I had to loosen that did the trick. The old belt is off, but the new one isn't on yet. I test spun the bearings and found the two idler pulleys are now starting to make "noises". One is making an intermittent muffled-click sound, the other a constant whirring of a metal sounding "ahhhhhhhh". So they are done for.

This is why I wanted to do this on my own so I can know which bearings are good and which ones will fail on me in the near future. I doubt some mechanic would care enough to even notice let alone tell me about it so he can get future business.
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