Driving without power steering belt

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Mattel
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Driving without power steering belt

Post by Mattel » Sun May 14, 2017 6:31 am

Hello. I have a serious power steering fluid leak from the old rack in my corolla alltrac. Tomorrow I have to go and pick up my replacement rack. My car is not holding fluid so the pump makes a lot of noise when switched on and I'm worried it's going to burn out. If I need to drive my car can I remove the belt and have non power assisted steering but save my steering pump? It should work ok without fluid? The rack will be replaced anyway but I'd like to the save the pump.
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Re: Driving without power steering belt

Post by helipilot77 » Sun May 14, 2017 1:50 pm

Yeah it should be be fine it will just steer hard at low road speed.
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Re: Driving without power steering belt

Post by Mattel » Sun May 14, 2017 6:28 pm

Thanks Helipilot. The alltrac steering is so much heavier than the tercel!
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Re: Driving without power steering belt

Post by Petros » Sun May 14, 2017 9:42 pm

yes, remove the belt or you will have to replace the pump too. should work fine, but w/o power.
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Re: Driving without power steering belt

Post by BaileySims » Mon May 15, 2017 6:54 am

Agreed on removing the belt. Something I should have done because mine was pouring out of the rack as well. A cap full of brake fluid completely stopped my leak, but now I'd feel safer replacing everything along with the rack so I don't contaminate the new one.
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Re: Driving without power steering belt

Post by Mattel » Mon May 15, 2017 7:05 am

Thanks all. I couldn't swing the alternator like I could on the Tercel (maybe there is another bolt to undo) out of the way to remove its belt to allow access to the Power steering belt. so I ended up putting $5 worth of new fluid and will have to do the same tomorrow to take to the mechanic.. My Corolla is a fair bit harder to work on than the Tercel with the East West engine fairly tight. but at least my steering system got a flush I guess.
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Re: Driving without power steering belt

Post by dlb » Tue May 16, 2017 7:37 pm

i used to drive my ae95 with the power steering belt removed in an attempt to improve my fuel economy a tiny bit. i got used to the heavy steering but when i eventually put the belt back on (my wife was borrowing it quite a bit for a while), i was amazed at how light the steering felt once again. if i ever have to remove the engine, i'm going to remove the rack and convert it to a manual rack.

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Re: Driving without power steering belt

Post by Jonymoto » Wed May 17, 2017 11:53 pm

Mattel, I have a fully reconditioned power steering unit that I was going to install on my Tercel. But I've decided to stay with manual steering. If it will fit your Corolla 4wd, you are welcome to it.
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Re: Driving without power steering belt

Post by Mattel » Thu May 18, 2017 1:00 am

Thanks Jony - thats really good of you, mines in at the mechanics right now I ended up getting a reconditioned one for $390 swap but apparantly the mechanics are having trouble getting mine out of my car. yikes.!
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