Asked by: Tobie Andrusiw
asked in category: General Last Updated: 5th May, 2020

Can I drive without a power steering belt?

It is not bad. It's just harder to steer. But that's how people used to drive for many decades before the advent of power steering. Do, however, make sure that your power steering pump is mounted properly onto the engine block and the serpentine belt because the belt has to have all the pulleys mounted on and tight.

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Keeping this in consideration, can you drive a car if the power steering belt breaks?

I wouldn't recommend driving while the power steering belt is broken; not only because it is a safety issue, but also because it can cause additional damage to power steering systems. I'd recommend having your power steering belt replaced as soon as possible; and before you drive the vehicle further.

Subsequently, question is, can you drive a car without a belt? As you can see, driving without a serpentine belt is not an option, at least not for very long. *Some cars have an electric water pump and/or electric assist steering.

Accordingly, can you drive without a power steering pump?

Driving your car for extended periods without power steering fluid can damage the pump. While there's nothing that physically stops you from driving your car if you have a power steering fluid leak, once the level drops, your pump runs dry. This causes increased friction and heat and can quickly cause expensive damage.

What happens if a belt breaks while driving?

If a timing belt breaks, the engine will no longer work. If a timing belt breaks while driving in an interference engine, the camshaft stops turning leaving some of the engine valves in the open position. The heavier crankshaft will continue rotating by inertia, moving pistons up and down.

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