Mechanics

POWER STEERING BELT

2002 Honda Civic

Steering problem
2002 Honda Civic 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 116000 miles

what procedures do I take in replacing my power steering belt? How do I check to make sure it has the proper tension?
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X-ray-cat
October 22, 2009.



Hi x-ray-cat,

To be accurate, you would need a special tool to measure the tension.

BELT TENSION GAUGE METHOD
Inspection

1 . Remove the P/S reservoir from the bracket, and set it aside.
2 . Attach the belt tension gauge to the belt, and measure the tension of the belt. Follow the
gauge manufacturer's instructions. If the belt is worn or damaged, replace it.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/192750_PSBelt02CivicFig13_1.jpg



NOTE: Remove the belt tension gauge carefully to avoid hitting the gauge reset lever.

Tension:
Used Belt: 390 - 540 N (40 - 55 kgf, 88 - 121 lbf)
New Belt: 740 - 880 N (75 - 90 kgf, 165 - 198 lbf)

If you installed a new belt, run the engine for 5 minutes, then readjust the belt to the used
belt specification.

Adjustment
Loosen the power steering pump mounting nut (A) and pump locknut (B). 4 .


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/192750_PSBelt02CivicFig14_1.jpg



5 . Turn the adjusting bolt (C) to get the proper belt tension, then retighten the mounting nut and locknut.

6 . Start the engine and turn the steering wheel from lock-to-lock several times, then stop the engine and recheck the tension of the belt.

DEFLECTION METHOD
Inspection

1 . Apply a force of 98 N (10 kgf, 22 lbf) and measure the deflection between the power
steering pump pulley (A) and the crankshaft pulley (B). If the belt is worn or damaged, replace it.
1 .
Deflection:
Used Belt: 13.0 - 16.5 mm (0.51 -0.65 in.
New Belt: 9.0 - 11.0 mm (0.35 -0.43 in.)


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/192750_PSBelt02CivicFig15_1.jpg



2 . If you installed a new belt, run the engine for 5 minutes, then readjust the belt to the used belt specification.

Adjustment

3 . Loosen the power steering pump mounting nut (A) and pump locknut (B).

4 . Turn the adjusting bolt (C) to get the proper belt tension, then retighten the mounting nut
and locknut.

5 . Start the engine and turn the steering wheel from lock-to-lock several times, then stop the
engine and recheck the tension of the belt.


KHLow2008
Oct 22, 2009.