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May I ask a (probably) silly question? Is a tacometer what we (UK) call a 'rev. counter?'

Also, I have a query about my power-steering belt you may be able to answer. The other morning it was pouring with rain (and had been all night), my car was parked in a tight spot which meant using full-lock to get out. I was treated to a horrible squeeking noise (a bit like a slipping fan belt) but only on full-lock, it stopped when I straightened the wheel. Does this mean I should have the belt changed? It has never been renewed. There is absolutely no mention of power steering belts in my Haynes manual.

Maybe I should just mention that my steering rack fell off about a year ago and was repaired - could this have an affect on the belt?

If you can, thanks for your help.

Penny

PS: apologies to Blueshot for elbowing-in on his thread. :wink:
 

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Yes a tachometer is the round gauge that reads out the engine speed and says RPMx1000.

As far as your belt thing. I had the same thing happen with my accessories belts...I changed them and no more squeek. It really only happened when they were wet also. I'm fairly sure you can drive with them with no problems but I decided to change mine cause I got sick of hearing the squeaking.
 

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James92Scort said:
Yes a tachometer is the round gauge that reads out the engine speed and says RPMx1000.
:oops: cringes with humiliation :oops: I thought it was but I only speak English. :lol: You're the only person who's actually said anything about my belt problem apart from "dunno." Thanks.
 

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Hey Foxy, I did my first act of Moderation today. I split your post from the one talking about powerloss and posted it a more appropriate place. I felt that this topic deserved its own section.

As far as aswering your question, yes it is common for a loose P/S belt to slip during full lock turning. The P/S system is a hydraulic system and the tighter you turn, the harder the system is forced to work. Usually you will also hear a groan from the pump in a full lock turn caused by the pressure bypass valve. If your belt hasn't been replaced, I would recomend doing so. having a belt break suddenly, esspecially in a tight turn isn't fun. And FWD cars are hard to steer withough P/S. Trust me I know.
 

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Pimp_scort_89_GT said:
Hey Foxy, I did my first act of Moderation today. I split your post from the one talking about powerloss and posted it a more appropriate place. I felt that this topic deserved its own section.

As far as aswering your question, yes it is common for a loose P/S belt to slip during full lock turning. The P/S system is a hydraulic system and the tighter you turn, the harder the system is forced to work. Usually you will also hear a groan from the pump in a full lock turn caused by the pressure bypass valve. If your belt hasn't been replaced, I would recomend doing so. having a belt break suddenly, esspecially in a tight turn isn't fun. And FWD cars are hard to steer withough P/S. Trust me I know.
:) Many thanks: Replacement of the PS belt has never been suggested, even by the mechanics who take care of the car. As for the 'groan' it positively wails on full lock - will get belt changed a.s.a.p. Again, thanks.
 

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I've felt my EGT w/ no power steering. 2458 lbs of a mass of metal and plastic rolling down the main road after my timing belt snapped and my engine died, I pulled across three lanes and rolled into a parking space at one of my companies competitors :lol: when it happened.
I was used to no power steering...but on my 1808 lb Geo Metro. I had an extra 650 lbs of weight to turn. let me tell you it's not fun. I agree with Pimp, change it immediately.


On a side note...Tuesday I believe it was, one of my dads work trucks accessories belts was squeaking. So the old hot rodder I work with whipped out a can of trusty old WD 40 and started spraying it...suddenly we heard this crazy squealing and the belt actually popped off the runners. He had never seen that before, let alone me and my brother... My bro was like "uh...i think you can go ahead and turn it off now" :lol:
So he got to drive a 3000 lb + monster of a Dodge Caravan (fully loaded down) across the street. That couldn't have been fun at all.
 

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This is only the second car I've driven with power steering - the first was a manual trans. Rover 3500. I also had an auto. Rover 3500 and, believe me that was really heavy. First time I drove the escort I nearly disappeared up my own exhaust!!
 

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a trick i used when i lived in Canada was to rub a bar of soap on the inside of the belts to help with the squealing on cold starts, dunno if that would help in your case.

Have you checked the fluid level? have you replaced the fluid? Does it happen when cold, warm or anytime it's fully turned? are the hoses in good shape?

I must say, losing a PS belt is not cool. Lost mine once on the last turn of a race!!!! It caught me by suprise, halfway through the turn it popped off, caused the back end to swing around, cause i had to crank it like a sombitch....didn't really know what had happened untill i tried to turn into the pits...damn, WTF! found the belt, intact, lying near the finish line....the drive home wasn't too fun, but not overly terrible. Needless to say, that run was not my best time....
 
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