So here's the deal, I bought this escort recently for 150 bucks. Its in great shape, except for a few minor repairs needed. The guy who sold it to me told me it needed a head gasket replaced on it. Well my buddies and I started to tear the head off, when we noticed one of the spark plug wires wasn't plugged in. We plugged it in, the car ran great! Well there was one other problem that needed work under the hood, the power steering pump was shot. So I got a new pump, pulled the old one, got the pulley changed around and put the new one in. The whole thing works great, except for one little problem. When I turn the steering wheel the car now stalls out unless I give it gas. The RPM'S drop anytime I hit the brakes, even if I'm sitting at idol. I've come to the conclusion it is probably something to do with the belt, or belt tension. I do not have a tension gauge so I am not sure on how tight it is. There is very little, if any, play with the belt. Finally when we were taking the alternator off, we had to cut one of the wires, the stud on the alternator was stripped out. I attempted to cut the nut off, but ended up damaging the stud. In the interest of time (since im doing all of this outside in the snow), I soldered the wire straight to the stud for now. I intend on replacing the alternator when I can afford a new one. Does anyone have any suggestions on what could be wrong?