best way to tighten power steering belt?

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  1. cordero51

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    i understand there are three bolts that hold the power steering, is there a correct order or a better way in in tightening them to make the belt tight as possible? as i have tried tightening the bolt thats behind the bracket near the header first but it slides down. currently the belt starts to squeal around 3000rpm and before i replaced it with a new one it would still squeal at around 4500rpm is this a common problem?
     
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    I use a large Craftsman flat tip screwdriver .Then tighten down the adjustment and the rest of the bolt ,And then test the tension,If not do it again, I have use this method for years. I use Gates and or Goodyear belts. With my stock pulleys on my 1981 El Camino SS and when my 1979 Z-28 RS was stock.I could take it up to 5500 rpm.And when I put my Supercharged small block .I use a March deep grove pulley and bracket set up I can take it up to 6500 with no squealing.
     

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    While somewhat of a common problem, it means something is wrong. Squealing belt can indicate they're loose, glazed/worn, pulleys are not aligned, or the wrong belt is being used. I've always had good luck with top cog belts. If you have a belt in front of the p/s belt, like an a/c belt, loosen the front one and tighten the rear first.

    If you want to eliminate the pesky v-belt mess, go with a serpentine setup.
     
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    John Wright Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Are you sure the belt isn't riding too low in the groove...IWO, the pulley may be worn
     
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    i just have the alternator belt in-front of it so should i first lossen that one before readjusting the tension? what would be the symptoms of a worn out pulley? the steering is a bit choppy when turning if its its in drive and sitting at 500 rpm idling at a stop

    and i just bought a new belt so i dont think it would be glazed already im using a acdelco #15730
     
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    Or the belt was made wrong.

    Don't remember the brand but I had a new belt bottom out in the V pulley and squeal until I replaced it with a Gates belt.
     
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    Or the belt is too narrow.
     
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