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Old 05-01-2013, 03:39 PM
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Power steering question

Hey guys quick question, I changed my timing chain and water pump yesterday on my 3.1l '92 Camaro. And I had to remove the power steering pulley and pump in order to get to one of the bolts on the water pump. Anyway, I started it up last night after I got it all back together, filled it up with water, it was making a new rattling sound but I was sick of working on it and called it a day. This morning though I started off to work when my belt started squeaking like crazy. Turns out the pulley worked itself half off, so I grabbed the pulley installer tool and stuck it back on and headed off anyway about 11 miles down the road it did the same thing so I headed over to Oreilly's and tried to put a retaining bolt in the front of the power steering pump, but that only caused the pulley to slide itself the other way, toward the back of the car. Then I pulled off the power steering pulley and put on a 3 inch shorter serpentine belt. So now my car runs, and drives but now I have no power steering.

So after all that backstory here's my question: Am I going to cause any catastrophic harm to my car by driving it 35 miles to work tomorrow with the power steering bypassed? And any idea why it did this?

Here's a picture of how the belts routed now, if it matters


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