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Just did both of mine, the alternator/aircon pump is straight forward, you'll see the adjuster etc from under the bonnet. Slacken off the adjuster and the pivot bolt and drop the belt down.
Before you get under the car to do the power steering belt, put the steering on full lock, if the belt is slipping you'll certainly hear it then.
To change it, remove the cover under the car on the pulley side, hope you have had it off before as the bolts (10mm) usually snap due to rust, then remove the alternator belt.
You'll need a couple of ring spanners to get at the power steering belt adjuster and a drop of WD40 or penetrating fluid!!
I could not get enough leverage on one spanner so I locked the other on the open end-end, efectively doubling the length and the bolt came undone easily. Then undo the pivot bolt, its the top bolt of the two and swivel the pump down so you can just about get the old belt off. It's tight, mind your knuckles!
When I put the new one on I used a length of wood to push the pump back up and tension the belt, the whole thing is quite stiff and it held while I tightened the bolts up again.
Should take about 30 mins to do both if all your bolts undo ok,