TRUCK SERVICE MANUAL
Follow same checking and adjusting procedure for the primary power steering pump drive belt as for above.
Recheck and adjust as necessary the pump belt tension after adjusting tension on belt driving the other accessory.
Complaints of faulty steering are frequently the result of problems other than the pump. Those areas of the steering system
which can be easily checked and quickly corrected without disassembly and overhaul of any major components should be attempted
Conditions such as hard or loose steering, road shock or vibrations are not always due to the steering gear or pump, but are
often related instead to such factors as low tire pressure and front end alignment. These factors should be checked and corrected
before any adjustment or disassembly of the power steering pump is attempted.
Many factors affect proper operation of the steering system, of which the most common are:
Fluid level and condition.
Drive belt tension.
Loose component mountings.
Loose pump pulley nut.
These factors must be checked and corrected before making any further diagnosis of the steering system. The need for proper
diagnosis cannot be overemphasized.
After the source of the problem has been found, determine the cause. For example, if the oil level in the reservoir is found to
be low, refill and check the entire hydraulic system for oil leaks. Refilling the reservoir will not necessarily correct problem.
CTS-2296R Chapter 1, Page 6
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