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How do you adjust the tension on the power steering belt on a 1998 kia sportage?

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2008-03-06 01:53:25
2008-03-06 01:53:25

there is an adjustment tab or hook under neath and you just about have to lay flat on your back pull up the tension and have someone else tighten the bolts from above.

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