power steering dramas.

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 22, 2005 at 23:05
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Hi all.. I got a 91 nissan patrol and a few weeks ago the power steering belt broke while on a freeway. so i pulled up removed the remains of the belt and then drove about 4ks to a super cheap and replaced the belt ever since the steering becomes hard when turning. i first thought that there mite be air in the lines but ive bled the system a few times now which has'nt fixed it. could driving it 4ks with no belt stuff the pump or the box ?
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Reply By: Willb - Wednesday, Jun 22, 2005 at 23:25

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2005 at 23:25
The short answer is no, but my thoughts are what caused the belt to go in the first place.
I think the belt going is an indication of of an other problem. P/S belts rarely fail unless there is an other problem.
I think it is time to get it checked by a pro.
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Reply By: Moz - Wednesday, Jun 22, 2005 at 23:38

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2005 at 23:38
G'day Jim,
Re-check the tension on the new belt, it may be slipping when loading up.
And check if there is a tensioner pulley and check if its worn out, it
may be about to seize.
If they are OK take it to a steering specialist.

Cheers Moz
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Reply By: Brew69(SA) - Thursday, Jun 23, 2005 at 07:32

Thursday, Jun 23, 2005 at 07:32
I have just replaced all 4 belts on my GQ. Got them from supacheap. Read the book on the correct belts to use....only difference being the new belts are not smooth they have the cogs. None of the recommeneded belts fitted the car. Took them back and with assistance from a salesman who had been in autoparts for 20 years checked book again. I did have the correct belts and i did have adjustment open to full. I ended up getting 2 sizes bigger than recommended for all belts and even then they needed some encouragement to go on. Luckily these new belts were not my emergency spares. Sorry to hijack post Jim but like mentioned above i would be asking myself why the belt broke. May be another problem.
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Reply By: traveller2 - Thursday, Jun 23, 2005 at 08:26

Thursday, Jun 23, 2005 at 08:26
I wouldn't think you got air in the system just by breaking a belt and driving it without power assistance.
As others have suggested I'd be looking at why it broke, possibly an idler pulley bearing, pump problems etc.
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