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Old 09-19-2016, 08:22 AM
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Just curious if it's normal for something to make a squealing sound if you are turning the wheel and get to full lock and then keep pushing a little more. If it's because something isn't adjusted right, how do I adjust it so it won't turn to that point?
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Don't go full lock. You put a tremendous amount of stress on the power steering pump when you dead head it like that. Plus what's the point of turning the wheel more once you hit the locks?
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No point. Just curious because I replaced the steering pump yesterday and while I was going from left to right 20 times I got careless a handful of times and it made that noise. I don't remember the sound from my last xj is all.
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Belt tight..
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It's not abnormal. What's happening is that you're asking too much of the pump, and the belt is slipping. If you just feel hell bent on checking, get a $15 Krikit II belt tension gauge and make sure your serpentine belt is tightened between 140 and 160 lb ft. That gauge is a good tool to have in your kit anyway. But you probably don't really need to bother with it if your belt isn't squealing any other time.
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Air in the lines probably, or a loose belt
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I think I will order one of those. Belt tension has always been something I'm bad at guaging myself.
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Originally Posted by rklettke View Post
I think I will order one of those. Belt tension has always been something I'm bad at guaging myself.
Very few people are good at gauging it, because it's supposed to be a lot tighter than anybody expects. As I said above, it's 140 to 160 lb ft for a used belt, 180 to 200 lb ft for a new belt (to allow for stretching as it breaks in). You can't twist the belt nearly as much as you expect at those tension settings.
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if you just replaced the pump you actually have to turn it to full lock a couple times to bleed the air out. I had to replace the steering box on my 98 TJ and the only way to bleed the air out is to turn it to full lock in each direction a few times. it is not good to hold it there for an extended period of time. But a few times is not going to hurt it. Just like what was stated before make sure your belt is at the correct tension too.
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if you just replaced the pump you actually have to turn it to full lock a couple times to bleed the air out.
I think the actual number is 20 times. Pretty sure I saw someone quote the manual saying that. Too lazy to look in my Chilton...
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I replaced my pump a few weeks back and it whined at full lock for about 2 days. It went away after that. Don't know the reasoning but just wait and see what happens.
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