How to Change the Power Steering Belt on an Elantra

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How to Change the Power Steering Belt on an Elantra
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In its fourth generation as of 2010, the Elantra from Korean automaker Hyundai comes equipped with three different belts. One controls the alternator, one controls the air conditioner compressor and one controls the power steering pump, alternator and radiator cooling fan. The belts are driven around these accessories by the crankshaft pulley. When these belts become worn or damaged, they should be replaced before they break.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 1/2-inch drive ratchet and socket set
  • Pry bar

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Raise the bonnet on the Hyundai Elantra and locate the power steering pump on the front driver side of the engine..

  2. 2

    Loosen the front pivot bolt on the bottom of the power steering pump with the 1/2-inch drive ratchet and a socket.

  3. 3

    Locate the adjustment bracket that is attached to the top of the power steering pump. Loosen the adjustment nut in the middle of the bracket with the ratchet and a socket.

  4. 4

    Slide the pry bar between the power steering pump and the power steering pump bracket. Pry the pump toward the passenger side of the engine until the belt becomes loose enough to remove from the power steering pump pulley.

  5. 5

    Pull the belt off the power steering pump pulley. Then, route the belt around the fan blades and out of the engine area.

  6. 6

    Position the new power steering pump belt around the fan blades and onto the power steering pump pulley and the radiator cooling fan pulley.

  7. 7

    Move the pry bar to the other side of the power steering pump. Pry the power steering pump toward the driver side of the engine until the belt is properly tight. Then, tighten the locking nut down tight on the adjustment bracket with the ratchet and socket.

  8. 8

    Check the tension of the belt. This can be done by pushing down on the belt with the palm of your hand. The belt should have no more than 1/2-inch of slack. If so, loosen the locking nut and continue to pry the power steering pump over more.

  9. 9

    Tighten the bottom front pivot bolt down tight on the power steering pump with the ratchet and socket.

  10. 10

    Crank the Hyundai Elantra and let the motor run for about 30 seconds. Then, turn the motor off. Recheck the tension on the belt with the palm of your hand. Then, close the bonnet.

Tips and warnings

  • There is also a tension checking tool that you can use to check the tension of the belt. This tool can be bought at most any auto-parts stores.
  • Keep your hands away from moving engine parts when the engine is running.

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