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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-03-2017, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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power steering belt adjustment tips required.

My '04 power steering belt is slipping sometimes, making a noise and jerky steering. I want to adjust it and have the user manual but am having a hell of a time getting at the mounting nut underneath the pump. The engine mount makes access for a socket and ratchet seem impossible. Has anyone adjusted the belt and have any tips they could share. It would be greatly appreciated.
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The serpentine belt runs the steering pump, alternator, AC compressor, etc. It is self-adjusted with a tensioner pulley. Your problem could be due to a tired belt, a bad tensioner, or both. I have an '06 but I believe your '04 is the same - the steering pump is not adjustable.
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Unfortunately the 04 model has a separate belt for the power steering pump and it is adjusted with a nut provided you can magically undo the other nut underneath the pulley wheel.
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My '04 power steering belt is slipping sometimes, making a noise and jerky steering.
How long has it been (in time and miles) since the belts (including the timing belt) were last replaced?

2003 EX
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If the passenger side motor mount on the 2004 is the same as the 2005 you might be able to do this:
1) Place jack under the oil pan. Use a 2x4 or 2x6. Raise the jack until the wood block contacts the bottom of the oil pan. On my 2005 the engine shouldn't move (based on what I've read) when the passenger side motor mount was removed but I put the jack there just in case.
2) Remove the large bolt which goes between the engine mount bracket (silver) and motor mount (black).
3) Remove the two bolts on the engine mount bracket (silver).
4) At this point you should be able to remove the engine mount bracket.

Hopefully this would give you access to that adjustment bolt you're trying to get to.

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I've done this several times and never had difficulty. 1/4"-drive socket with an extension is what I use. Since you have slipped this belt, it is done for this world, you need a new belt. When belts slip they glaze and never work properly again, regardless of how tight you crank them (and you don't want to over tighten).
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I've done this several times and never had difficulty. 1/4"-drive socket with an extension is what I use.......
Unfortunately, this won't work with the power steering belt in the 2004 Pilot. Do what "road2cycle" suggested, but with all that work, replace the belt, instead of adjusting it.
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Unfortunately, this won't work with the power steering belt in the 2004 Pilot. Do what "road2cycle" suggested, but with all that work, replace the belt, instead of adjusting it.
I have an '04, that's what I do to adjust my PS belt tension, takes 2 minutes.
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