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Old 09-24-2013, 08:18 AM   #1
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Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: PA
2009 WRX
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Default stiff power steering and squeaky belt/ replacing stretch belt?

Hi everyone,

for the last few days my car has made a squeal when i first start it up in the morning. definitely sounds like a belt. but today the power steering was really tight and i smelled something burnt. the squeal and stiff ps went away after a few seconds. has anyone had a stretch belt go bad on them yet and if so can you change it without the install tool?


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Old 09-24-2013, 01:37 PM   #2
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Join Date: Oct 2003
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: SouthEastern, PA
2011 WRX SWP Hatch


The stretch belt goes to the A/C side...PS side is not a stretch. Either belt is bad and slipping or loose and needs tensioned.
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:30 PM   #3
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2016 Fuji Sunfire 03


As mentioned the stretch is on the A/C.
Tighten the Alternator - P/S belt, it is loose. It doesn't take much slack for the P/S pump to start slipping making the noise and the hard steer. Look at the belt to make sure it is not shredded. If shredded replace.
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Old 09-26-2013, 10:24 AM   #4
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2002 Impreza OBS


I get the same thing in the winter. Sounds like I need to tighten up the PS belt.
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Old 09-30-2013, 12:41 AM   #5
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Location: Chicago
2003 PSM Bugeye


I've been having a similar issue. I think my belt may be done. Also the below pulley stops spinning when the nose happens. I hope its only the belt. How difficult is it to change the belt?

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