Q: Broken belt

asked by on December 17, 2016

was driving down the road, steering wheel was hard to turn, battery light came on and car heated up

the most common cause of a belt breaking or coming off is the belt tensioner seizes and throws off the belt. Have the tensioner and belt replaced. Check all the other pulleys are free moving and not seized.

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