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So here's the question what would cause the car to start ok without a serpentine belt on, but not start at all with it on? It turns over, but acts like it isn't getting fuel or it is misfiring not quite sure what this could be any ideas?

Im new to the forum as well and I appreciate any help I can get. :confused:
 

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ok so I added a new battery have the belt hooked up and the battery acts like it is dead tried jumping it and all I get is click. I think it has an electrical issue? Or something is seized about to check to see if everything turns freely.
 

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I figured it out it's the power steering pump it is ceazed ordered a used one off fleabay hopefully that cures it. :thumbsup: Next question anyone install a Power steering pump on a catera how big of a pita is it? Thanks
 

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I had a similar problem on my 97 and my guess was the same- P/S pump. Turned out to be a seized up A/C compressor. Drove the car home from the gas station without the belt... (only 1/4 mile) It if does turn out to be P/S pump, I dont think that it is that much trouble. I looked at it when I did my head gaskets and it looked aaaiight :noidea:
 

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I replaced my pump 2 years ago. it was fairly easy. Three bolts mount it to the engine in a triangular pattern. I picked up a used one off ebay for I think $30 or so. A tip for you tho will make installation a bit easier. When removing the pump leave the hoses attached to it and remove them from the reservoir. You'll see why when you get to working on it. I found it easier to just route the hoses from the pump back to the reservoir instead of attaching the hoses back on the pump installed.
 

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I figured it out it's the power steering pump it is ceazed ordered a used one off fleabay hopefully that cures it. :thumbsup: Next question anyone install a Power steering pump on a catera how big of a pita is it? Thanks
Power Steering Pump Replacement
Removal Procedure

1. Place a drain pan under the power steering fluid reservoir.
2. Siphon the power steering fluid from the reservoir to prevent excessive spillage.
3. Remove the power steering pump pulley. Refer to Power Steering Pulley Replacement



4. Remove the gear inlet hose connection from the power steering pump.
5. Remove the fluid reservoir inlet hose clamp.
6. Remove the fluid reservoir inlet hose from the power steering pump.
7. Raise and support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle in General Information.
8. Remove the engine shield.



9. Remove the AIR injection crossover pipe support bracket bolts.
10. Remove the AIR injection crossover pipe support bracket.
11. Remove the power steering pump bolts.
12. Remove the power steering pump.
 

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Power Steering Pump Replacement
Removal Procedure

1. Place a drain pan under the power steering fluid reservoir.
2. Siphon the power steering fluid from the reservoir to prevent excessive spillage.
3. Remove the power steering pump pulley. Refer to Power Steering Pulley Replacement



4. Remove the gear inlet hose connection from the power steering pump.
5. Remove the fluid reservoir inlet hose clamp.
6. Remove the fluid reservoir inlet hose from the power steering pump.
7. Raise and support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle in General Information.
8. Remove the engine shield.



9. Remove the AIR injection crossover pipe support bracket bolts.
10. Remove the AIR injection crossover pipe support bracket.
11. Remove the power steering pump bolts.
12. Remove the power steering pump.
 
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