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Spilled steering fluid on serpentine belt

I was in the process of changing my serp belt and my steering pump, and I accidentally spilled steering fluid on the new belt. I can put the old belt back on for today (it's not broken YET). But how can I clean the new one?
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I would just spray it down with some brake cleaner and then wipe it off.
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Soap and water?
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Thanks. I spilled it on the rough asphalty side and it had soaked its way in a little. I didn't have brake cleaner, so I washed it (but didn't scrub) in dishsoap and hot water. I'll let it dry for a day, then put it on.
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The belt gets wet all the time, not sure why your so concerned about it.
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dont worry about it
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Don't bother with it.
if it squeaks, spray it with WD-40 or something.
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Antifreeze is what you don't want on the belt. It'll squeak to no end. I changed my thermostat a couple of days ago, and I made sure to remove the belt first this time around just in case I spilled any like I did the last time.
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I know this isn't on topic and you may know this but just a reminder. When you fill it back up Ford uses Trans fluid in the power steering pumps, no PS fluid.
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I already filled it back up with PS fluid because that's what was in the old one. If I tried flushing the PS fluid out and putting AT fluid in, I'd end up mixing the two.

I'm amazed how much quieter it is without that rattling, ready-to-seize old pump.
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