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01 Concorde 3.2, 164k miles

My belt seems fine and is mostly quiet but it’s irritating when I turn the steering wheel and hit the stop and then the belt squeaks until I let off the wheel. Does this mean the tension is slightly too loose on the belt or? Thanks for your help
 

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You could tighten the belt OR stop holding the steering wheel against the stop.
 

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no, the tension is just right to keep you from burning out your pump by holding t on the lock.
 

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Squealer!
 

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When you turn it against the stops, an over-pressure relief valve opens to bypass flow going to the rack. If that valve wasn't there, pressure would go thru the roof and would blow a line or a seal (and it wouldn't be ice cream). The relief pressure of the valve is much higher than line pressure when the steering is operating normally (not against the stops). So a belt that's just tight enough to not slip in normal operation will slip when turning against the stops and opening the bypass valve.
 

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Okay thanks. I wasn’t holding it to the stop intentionally, was just trying to determine if it was something I needed to check out. Appreciate the explanation
 

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as long as i's not slipping or sqealing otherwise, it's at a tension that's fine in other words.
too much tension is hard on things.
 
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