1990 Jeep Wrangler power steering belt

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Steering problem
1990 Jeep Wrangler 4 cyl Four Wheel Drive Manual 112000 miles

I have taken off the alternator and AC belt. Now how do I take the power steering belt off?

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Sunday, June 27th, 2010 AT 12:32 PM

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Unbolt the power steering pump from the upper mount point, and loosen the lower mount bolt, but do not remove it. This will cause the pump's pulley and belt to lose tension as the pump pivots on the lower bolt.

Pry the belt off of the pulley. Be careful to not cut or break the belt. It may be necessary to remove another pulley on the motor to remove the power steering belt. Models will vary, but usually vehicles with separate belts for individual accessories will have a "V" shaped pulley design; some "V" style pulleys can come apart into two halves.

Replace the belt. Be sure to place the belt's beveled edge into the pulley groove. After the belt is in position, use the screwdriver to pull the power steering pump away from the mount. This will give the belt the proper tension. Once a good amount of tension is achieved, replace and tighten the upper bolt, then tighten the lower bolt. The belt should have about 1-inch of "play" on each side, when tension is measured from the center, between the pulleys. Replace any other pulleys, and their belts.

Spray a liberal amount of "belt dressing" onto the new power steering belt and allow to dry. Check and replace lost power steering fluid. Crank the vehicle and test the repair by moving the steering wheel and inpsecting the belt on the pump.

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