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1973 Ford E-300 van,302V8. How...
1973 Ford E-300 van,302V8. How to tighten the power steering belt. I tried using a long heavy screwdriver but bent the pulley out of shape. What is the preferred method? All parts are factory stock, V-belt,single groove pulley. Has factory A/C on different belt.
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Classic Car Mechanic: Mike S., Classic Car Mechanic replied 10 months ago
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Classic Car Mechanic: Mike S., Classic Car Mechanic replied 10 months ago

Did you loosen both bolts at the pump?

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Classic Car Mechanic: Mike S., Classic Car Mechanic replied 10 months ago

I am reading that there are actually 3 bolts.

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POWER STEERING DRIVE BELT--V8 ENGINES

  1. Position a ruler perpendicular to the drive belt at its longest run. Test the tightness of the belt by pressing it firmly with your thumb. The deflection should be about 1 ⁄ 4 in. (6.35mm).
  2. To adjust the belt tension, perform the following:
    1. Loosen the three bolts in the three elongated adjusting slots at the power steering pump attaching bracket.
    2. Turn the steering pump drive belt adjusting nut as required until the proper deflection is obtained. Turning the adjusting nut clockwise will increase tension and decrease deflection; counterclockwise will decrease tension and increase deflection.
    3. Without disturbing the pump, tighten the three attaching bolts.'
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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
I don't know where you got these instructions, but there not for this vehicle.There is one bolt that the pump hangs on,two bolts in an elongated slot, and no adjusting bolt at all.
Classic Car Mechanic: Mike S., Classic Car Mechanic replied 10 months ago

If you could perhaps post a photo of what you got maybe I can help further. If you are sure the bolts are loose, perhaps some PB blaster or similar penetrating fluid might help free up some rusted parts. Sometimes there might also be a nut or bolt on the back, too.

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
Even though this vehicle is old, everything has been rebuilt. I have had it all apart, cleaned and put back together. No bolts on the back. I am not able to send you any pictures. You would have to get Ford Factory instructions from the vehicle specific Ford repair manual.
Classic Car Mechanic: Mike S., Classic Car Mechanic replied 10 months ago

I know I don't have that, sorry I will opt out.

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