How to Tell If Your Power Steering Belt Needs Replacing

How much does it cost to replace a power steering belt?

Usually, a power steering belt will only cost somewhere between $11 and $48. This price will be for the belt alone and won’t include any professional installation or warranty. If you know your way around the car’s engine, this job should be simple enough to not require professional help.

You will find that a lot of the power steering belts available on websites like AutoZone will retail for $10 to $50.

As an example, you can find belts that will work with Hyundai or KIA belts for sale at just over $10.

You might also like our articles about the cost of timing belt replacement, full engine swap, or AC recharge.

Getting to the cost of the actual installation of the belt, this job can cost anywhere from $90 to $200. This range will be influenced by factors like your car’s make and model, the mechanic you choose for the job, and your geographical location.

According to JustAnswer, it should cost a maximum of $25 for the part alone and around $150 for the installation. Your Mechanic broke down the final costs and their estimates were anywhere between $120-$247 with costs depending on what type of car you have.

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Can I Drive My Car With a Bad Serpentine Belt?

It is a question that we hear frequently. There are cases where you might be able to drive your car in an emergency, but we would prefer to adopt a more cautious approach.

If the belt’s snapped, it might be difficult, if not impossible, to steer the car. If the belt’s starting to fray, it won’t be long before it snaps, so it’s better to replace it.

Do the right thing and call your mechanic straight away. The consequences of not doing so could cost you dearly later. What happens if the belt snaps while you’re on the freeway? Our best advice is to stop the car, and have it towed to the shop.

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Any additional expenses to consider?

Alternator and A/C belts are often recommended to be replaced at the same time as your steering belt. The reason for this is because these items can wear out together since they all share a location on an engine.

What is the benefit of having a belt replaced?

Driving on an old belt is a disaster waiting to happen because it powers most all of an engine’s accessories. That means when your belt breaks, slips and, ultimately, wears out, everything—from the power steering pump to the alternator and air conditioner—stops working. What’s more, the parts it controls can become severely damaged. Broken hoses and belts are bad; a damaged engine is even worse. By replacing your belt periodically, you can minimize the risk of breakdown.

Conclusion

There we go folks, the end of the line! A bad power steering band is relatively easy to detect, especially if you look out for the features that we talked about above. As far as replacing the band, this is something that you may be able to do yourself – but it is also the kind of fiddly job that is ideal to pass along to a pro whilst you kick back with a beer.

Sources:

  1. How Car Steering Works – howstuffworks
  2. Power Steering Belt Replacement Service – YourMechanic

Serpentine Belt Replacement Cost

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Let’s get down to brass tacks. So exactly how much

Let’s get down to brass tacks. So exactly how much does a serpentine belt cost?

A typical serpentine belt start at around $25 and goes up to $75 at most. If you know some car repair basics, you could change the belt yourself, and it may save you paying labor charges somewhere between $75 and $120. All together, you’re looking at around $100 to $195 to replace your serpentine belt.

It shouldn’t take more than an hour (two at the most) to repair this simple problem. It depends on the model of the car and how easy it is to get to the serpentine belt within the vehicle’s framework.

2. Inspect the belt for damages

If you feel comfortable inspecting your power steering belt, you can do so at home. Check for a broken belt, oil contamination, a damaged belt, gravel in the belt, uneven rib wear, rib separation, pilling, and random cracking across the ribs. These are all signs that your power steering belt is failing and needs to be replaced right away. Do not wait because steering is a safety issue and without it, your vehicle will be dangerous to drive.

Can You Drive a Car Without Power Steering

You can, but just because you can doesn’t mean that you should! On the one hand, vehicles all used to be driven without power steering. That being said, the average car today is both more powerful and heavier than many cars of yesterday, making them much harder to control without power steering.

You also have to bear in mind that the power steering unit is designed to perform a purpose. If you drive it with broken or damaged components, you risk causing further damage to the power steering unit itself. That can then turn a simple repair into a far more costly and complex job!

Next Step

Schedule Steering Inspection

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Steering Inspection. Once the problem has been diagnosed, you will be provided with an upfront quote for the recommended fix and receive $20.00 off as a credit towards the repair. YourMechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7-days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 2,000 cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews… LEARN MORESEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

Does Firestone Complete Auto Care install belts that meet my vehicle’s specifications?

Yes, we do. We install Bando and Dayco belts—recognized by automotive professionals and original equipment manufacturers as leaders in automotive parts innovation and technology. Each Bando and Dayco belt we install is designed with advanced rubber compounds for enhanced durability and superior wear protection.

In the event your car requires another brand of belt, we can also install other brands as required by the car’s manufacturer.

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