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power steering fluid leak and belts
« on: May 23, 2023, 05:32:22 PM »
So it looks like the 75 Bobcat has a power steering leak near the pump.  It is either the pump or the hoses.  I am assuming the hoses, so will replace them first.  I also need to replace the v belts.

What am I getting into?

Is there a writeup for this procedure?

How do you tighten v belts?  All of my cars have serpentine belts, haven't touched a v belt in 15 years


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Re: power steering fluid leak and belts
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2023, 04:16:24 PM »
I don't remember exactly on my Pinto, but on most cars with a v belt you loosen the alternator. Normally  there is one bolt that passes through a slot on the mount and when you loosen it you can move the alternator toward the block which will allow the belt to be removed. At that point you should be able to remove and replace the p/s belt  if the belt is run through a double pulley on alternator. If not, you may need to loosen a bolt on the p/s mount also. Then just place new belt into place, pry the alternator outward and tighten the belt and then tighten the bolt to hold it in place.  Don't over tighten the belt. You should be able to push on it and move it about a half inch.  Having said all of this I will also say that I have come across a few engines that requires the removal of another belt first in order to remove and replace the belt.  I'm not good at explaining things so I hope I am not just confusing you.

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Re: power steering fluid leak and belts
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2023, 06:59:29 PM »
Stephen, please do me a favor...can you take and post a picture of how you routed and secured the hoses?  I just replaced mine, but my project isn't a Pinto.  I am using the Pinto's front subframe but there are no inner fenders so it looks odd the way I ran the hoses.  If you can send me the proper way of routing I will know if I did it correctly or not.  Thank you in advance.