Q: Could a oil leak cause my serpentine belt to come off ?

asked by on January 27, 2018

My car has been leaking oil for a while and today while driving I was going over a bumpy road then drove over a ramp. When I wanted to turn the steering wheel was stiff and very hard to move. I looked behind me and picked up what I think is the serpentine belt. I looked infront of the Engine and it’s just covered in oil. Could the belt slipped off because of that or could it be something more serious? Thanks

My car has 15000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Generally, an oil leak should not cause a serpentine belt to come loose, however depending on the source of the oil leak and the severity of it, it could be possible. I would suggest having the serpentine belt tensioner checked to be sure it is properly adjusted and have the oil leak checked as that may be a sign of a more serious problem that may cause much larger problems soon.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

What others are asking

Car began knocking after an oil change, then exploded blowing 2 holes in the side and the oil pan off

It may be hard to figure out why the engine failed without knowing if the oil leaked out or was not filled up. I have seen situations where after performing an oil change the oil leaked out from an oil...

Strange loud squeal

Downloading the diagnostic code(s) that have caused the check engine light to illuminate will probably provide a major clue as to the origin of the noise. A check engine light diagnostic can be requested to deal with that and, at...

Temperature spiking up after I changed my thermostat trying to get my heater to work.

The heater not working in some cases may be related to the overheating problem you are also having. This may be due to a faulty heater blower motor or potentially a bad heater core. As you know, the heater core...

Check engine light and oil light comes on before oil change?

Hi There, As you may know, these lights are designed to come on at specific mileage intervals that are preset by the factory. When your mileage exceeds a certain amount relative to the last oil change, this will trigger the...

My check engine light just started turning on when I accelerate. When the car is at a stand still or parked the light is off. I ha

A vehicle's check engine light illuminates whenever there is a malfunction. The first thing you should do is use a code scanner to download, from the OBD-II system, any trouble codes that have stored along with freeze frame data. Without...

My tail lights stay on even after car is off. The hazard lights and turning signals all work but the brake lights do not.

If the tail lights are illuminated even after you have used the on-off switch to command them off, that means the switch supplying power is fused shut and/or the circuit is being powered when it is not supposed to be...

Car starts on third try

Unfortunately there can be a variety of reasons as to why your Chevy Impala is having a difficult time starting and it is likely related to the check engine light being on as well. However, due to the information provided...

Random gear shifting

Hello, it sounds as if you have a faulty transmission pressure control solenoid or contaminated fluid. Also, the electronic gear shift sensor under your gear shift could be compromised if something has spilled on it. I suggest that you have a...

Brake noise

Try and drive it for a couple weeks after inspecting to make sure everything was installed correctly. The noise may change after the pads are seated into the rotors. When a pad and rotor are new, they will not match...

Related articles

Top 10 PZEV Cars for Eco-Friendly Drivers
Teddy Leung / Shutterstock.com The whole idea of a PZEV (that is, a partial zero-emissions vehicle), seems paradoxical. You’d think it’d have to either be zero-emissions or not in the category at all. But as contradictory as...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Audi A5
For For drivers who want a comfortable ride, expert handling and luxurious amenities, the 2012 Audi A5 will certainly fit the bill. Designed for performance and to deliver a gorgeous look, this model offers an array of options and features...
The Best Used Cars to Buy If You're a Skier
When When summer ends, skiers start thinking about hitting the hills, and that means having to contend with winter driving conditions. Not just any vehicle is going to get the job done. We have evaluated several used ski-worthy vehicles, and...