Q: Serpentine belt broke. Dealer is telling me it can wrap around crank and get into engine.What are the odds of that happening?

asked by on

Serpentine belt broke on my 2009 bmw.Dealer said it could work into the engine.What are the odds of that happening. Dealer got me scared to death?

My car has 99000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

There is a possibility the belt can wrap around pulleys and the crank. I have seen pieces of belt get behind pulleys and a/c compressor clutches or crankshaft pulleys. If the mechanic inspects the old broken belt they can see if pieces are missing and make sure they did not get behind the pulleys.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Serpentine belt broke. Dealer is telling me it can wrap around crank and get into engine.What are the odds of that happening?

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

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Rattling sound from engine when AC unit is turned on

It sounds like you may have a faulty AC Compressor or potentially a leak in the AC lines somewhere. Car air conditioners work on a simple principle of heat transfer, relying on the fact that heat will always transfer from...

Q: What would be cost effective ? Rebuilding my 5.4 triton engine or buying at refurbish one

Hi there. When it comes to rebuilding an engine and buying an engine that is rebuilt, there could be different cost when it comes to the job. When rebuilding the engine, there are engine kits that are in need to...

Q: Q: Difficult startup with a lot of idling when it's cold

One of the main things that can prevent a vehicle from starting in the cold is the battery. Batteries for automobiles are rated by cold cranking amps. This measurement is the amount of amperage the battery can produce at zero...

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
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...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.