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Old 12-03-2010, 11:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I would like to replace the power steering belt on my Pilot. It looks like I will need to remove engine mount that runs through the power steering belt. How do I do this?
Place a jack support under engine to remove the mount, then remove the serpentine belt, then replace the power steering belt? Thanks for your help in advance.
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Sounds about right. You will be replacing the seperentine belt too, right? Since you have to remove it anyway. And if you're doing all that you might as well replace the timing belt, tensioner and water pump while you're at it. And you might want to pay a mechanic to do it at that point: DIY timing belt change - now CEL and VTM light and runs rough
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LOL but the other thing is he just needs a belt, torque wrench vs new timing belt/serpentine/tensioner/waterpump/...etc..

But his car not mine.
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But to put the new PS belt on, he has to remove the seperpentine belt and engine mount. Once he's done all that, he might as well do the rest.
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I would like to replace the power steering belt on my Pilot...
Are there any reasons why you think the PS belt needs to be replaced (slipage, cracks, noises...)? How old is the vehicle and how many miles? I have not seem many members in this forum indicated that they have to replace the PS belt prior to the timing belt job at 105K miles/7years. I only changed the my Pilto PS belt when I had the TB replaced at the 7 years mark.
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Are you sure that you are looking at that right? I have never heard anything about an engine mount going through the belt. Haynes manual makes no mention of this at all. Cabin filter is ridiculous, but as far as I know everything else is pretty straight forward on these cars.
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Are there any reasons why you think the PS belt needs to be replaced (slipage, cracks, noises...)? How old is the vehicle and how many miles? I have not seem many members in this forum indicated that they have to replace the PS belt prior to the timing belt job at 105K miles/7years. I only changed the my Pilto PS belt when I had the TB replaced at the 7 years mark.
Thats when mine was replaced. Case of while you are there, replace and the problem is taken care of.

Wasn't that long ago when accessory or fan belts were replaced every year or so.....and you had several rather than just one.......

Were those really "the days"?
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Are there any reasons why you think the PS belt needs to be replaced (slipage, cracks, noises...)? How old is the vehicle and how many miles? I have not seem many members in this forum indicated that they have to replace the PS belt prior to the timing belt job at 105K miles/7years. I only changed the my Pilto PS belt when I had the TB replaced at the 7 years mark.
I have 150k on pilot. The serpentine and timing belt were replaced at 110k. I noticed the power steering was making some noise and the belt felt dry. I put some prestone belt dressing the the belt. The fix for the power steering noise was to flush the power steering fluid. All is well for now.
Thanks for the help.
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Are you sure that you are looking at that right? I have never heard anything about an engine mount going through the belt. Haynes manual makes no mention of this at all. Cabin filter is ridiculous, but as far as I know everything else is pretty straight forward on these cars.
Yes, the PS belt goes around the engine mount.
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That's what I meant onu2002 if the guy was WAY under 110k then it didn't make sense to replace those parts so early. And obviously if he just did it....

Obviously it's pretty easy to support an engine with a jack and to take off an engine mount. But problem solved and OP is happy.
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Very true. Our first question should've been how many miles and if/when the tbelt was replaced.

My suggestion 40k miles ago for blackdoodle, if he was getting the tbelt & serp belt replaced, would've been to go ahead and get the ps belt done too. You have to remove the serp belt to do the ps belt, so if it's off anyway, might as well.

Good deal, blackdoodle, that it was as simple as changing the fluid.
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Yes, the PS belt goes around the engine mount.
That blows! At least you don't have to do it often. Is that one of the mounts that regularly dies on these cars anyway?
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So my pilot has 128k on it and i need to replace the motor mounts. Since I'm removing the mount should I change out the PS belt? And since I'm right there anyway should I change out the timing belt? May as well do the tensioner and water pump too
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If you have the skills,Yes! Maintenance for timing belt is 105,000 miles.
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