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Battery light comes on, then power steering seems to fail

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Old 07-23-2009, 10:58 AM
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Slipping alternator belt? The belt has a spring-loaded tensioner so you don't have to adjust it. But the belt can get old, hard, & slippery. And the tensioner can run out of travel as the belt stretches with age.

If it happens when the AC compressor engages, that's even more certainly related to the belt slipping.

I can't find a good picture, but there's a mark on the tensioner to show that it's still in the OK range of it's travel.
 
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Old 07-23-2009, 11:22 AM
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Old & slippery belt you only have to replace the belt.

If she has a broken spring in the tensioner that would have to be replaced. But I don't think that's the case since it works OK most of the time???
 
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Old 07-23-2009, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by tpstaples View Post
... Rain = slippery
And rain = defroster = AC running.

Here's a picture of the marking on the tensioner.
 
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Same Issue and helpful,..
Thanks.
 
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:43 AM
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My exact problem too in same circumstances (lack of power steering, battery light on, rain). Had the tensioner and belt replaced yesterday. Thanks for posting! Will now check the audio board as my radio has the same symptoms you describe (randomly makes a loud popping noise and cuts out).
 
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