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Belt or pulley squeal

I have a '06 KIA Rio since new, it now has 80,000 Kms on it. I've been told to replace the timing belt, so had that done and did the other 2 belts at the same time. I then had a front end alignment done. Now when I turn the steering wheel to max R or L, it squeals. So I looked at the belts while the steering was being turned. When at or near max R or L, the belt and steering pump pulley comes to a stop. I then replaced the steering pump, that made no difference. I've tried adjusting the tension of the steering belt, tight to lose, made no difference. The squealing is getting worse, any suggestions? Could the timing belt be loose and progressively getting looser?

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well also it could be your a/c compressor

Posted on Sep 16, 2008


John Quinn

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SOURCE: loud squealing from power steering pump - do I need new PS pump?

Hi Norman,

Sounds like the adjustment may not be correct on the power steering belt, with the tension not being enough, after you replaced the belt ?

Try giving it a little more tension, and go from there.

Hope I have been of help.

Good Luck !


Posted on Jan 15, 2009

Richard Scordino

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SOURCE: Loud squealing sound in my engine

Try removing the belt and turning each pulley by hand. If everything is smooth and free, with the belt still off, drive down the block once and see if the noise is there (this will eliminate all rotating accessories on the front). If you hear the noise, then there is a problem deeper inside. Oil pressure is good? Dont' forget when doing this, you will have no power steering, so be careful.

Posted on Jan 17, 2009


John Quinn

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SOURCE: 1997 dodge avenger 2.0, belt squealing


The Power Steering Belt tension requires adjustment, to give it more tension, to cure the slipping, resulting in the squealing, or perhaps renewal, due to cracking or excessive wear.

Your Power steering Belt, belt is your primary problem.

Good Luck !

A FixYa Would Be Nice, Thank´s......John.

Posted on Mar 04, 2009

Ted Schore

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SOURCE: my power steering belt squeals when i start

Are you sure you are looking at the belt that is squealing? Usually the alternator belt squeals when first starting engine, PS belt will squeal when turning the steering wheel all the way right or left. It the tensioner is maxed out, either the belt is stretched, worn out, or way overtightened.

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