Q: Alternator belt broke sometime from work to house

asked by on

Okay. So I know next to nothing about cars... My wife bought cheep used car... Okay we are both busy busy people that have to come and go here and there for work... Since day one the check engine light was on... I could hear a belt squealing upon the initial free mile of driving from cold. Witch I assume now was the alternator belt.... (because the car ran surprisingly good, but if you tried to turn the account the battery light would come on.... But the temp gauge was showing perfect. And there were no sighs of anything major... That's until today she came home for a break... And I was gonna check the guide so I was gonna take her to work... The car took long to start and heated up quick... I never saw smoke or anything before I noticed the belt gone. I'm afraid she drove it hot and isn't telling me because she doesn't want to disappoint... Is and I'm scared she cracked a head gasket... Does it sound like I'm in trouble or? found the solution to all my problems.!?

My car has 180000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: If the engine has been overheated too much ...

If the engine has been overheated too much then you may have blown the head gasket. Try to put the belt on first and get the car running again. Make sure the coolant is full after the engine cools down. Once the new alternator belt and any other belt is installed, then see if the engine will start and run okay and charge okay. If you cannot do this work, then get in touch with a mechanic to come and fix it for you and inspect the overheating to see if it harmed the engine. They can also replace the alternator belt for you if needed.

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Ignition switch problem

A faulty ignition switch is the most common cause of the problem you are having, but it is not necessarily always the cause; for instance, you could have an issue with your ignition lock cylinder, or linkage. I recommend that...

Q: Switch that lowers the roof wont turn of even though everything is working :P

The convertible top is controlled by the switch that signals the top module to open and close. When the button is pushed, the module turns on the light and performs the open or close operation steps. If any of the...

Q: Why do some cars have Direct Drive Gear?

Direct drive gear systems are used to transmit power to the wheels with an electric motor. They are used on hybrid/electric vehicles as a replacement for the transmission. Steering systems today use direct drive gear with the use of an...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...