What does the power steering belt do?
The power steering belt, also known as a drive belt, is a belt that connects the power steering pump to the engine. Its main function is to transfer power from the engine to the power steering pump, which then uses that power to assist the driver in turning the steering wheel. This makes steering the vehicle easier, especially at low speeds or when the vehicle is parked.
The power steering belt is subject to wear over time. This can result in small cracks appearing around the belt. Most cars use a drive belt (or serpentine belt) that controls the power steering, as well as the alternator, water pump, and air conditioning compressor. This means that if the belt breaks, a lot of different problems could occur. When the power steering belt breaks, your car’s power steering, alternator, water pump, and other components will immediately stop working. This will make the car difficult to drive, and will lead to the engine overheating if you keep driving.
It’s important to routinely check the power steering belt for any signs of wear or damage and to have it replaced if necessary to ensure the proper functioning of the power steering system and the overall safety of the vehicle.
Symptoms of a cracked or damaged power steering belt:
There are several common symptoms associated with a worn or damaged power steering belt. These include:
Squealing noises coming from the engine – A stretched or cracked power steering belt can become hard and brittle and produce loud squealing noises. These noises will be most obvious shortly after the engine starts or whenever load is placed on the belt.
Visible cracks on the belt – Upon inspection, you may notice visible signs of wear such as cracks, cuts or missing/damaged grooves.
Difficulty turning your steering wheel – When the power steering belt fails, your power steering system will not be able to function correctly. This will make it difficult to turn your steering wheel.
Problems with alternator, water pump and air conditioning – If your drive belt is failing, it will affect various other parts of your car. These issues can cause problems with battery charging, overheating and climate control malfunctions.
Can you drive with a damaged drive belt?
It is normal for cracks to appear on the drive belt over time, and it will still function correctly even with these cracks. However, when the drive belt eventually snaps, you should stop driving your vehicle and pull over to the side of the road when safe. A snapped drive belt will prevent the water pump from working, meaning that your car’s engine will not be able to cool itself properly. Overheating in the engine can cause serious damage.
New Power Steering / Drive Belt Replacement in Hamilton
Is your car in need of a new power steering belt? If so, we can help! At Grimmer Motors, our team of experienced mechanics can thoroughly inspect your car’s power steering system. If we notice that the power steering belt is cracked or damaged in any other way, we can replace it for you. A replacement drive belt / power steering belt will allow for improved steering and safety.
For new power steering belt services, replacement and diagnostics in Hamilton, contact Grimmer Motors today!