Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Serpentine belt broke, engine temperature higher than usual

asked by on

Serpentine belt broke down, engine light came on, battery light came on, steering wheel locked up

My car has 21 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hi there, thanks for writing in about your ...

Hi there, thanks for writing in about your 2008 Mercury Milan. You'll need to replace the broken serpentine belt after checking all the pulleys and tensioner to see if they were the cause of the broken belt. Then install the new belt and then check and clear the codes. You most likely have an overheating-related code as well. If you need help having this checked, a qualified professional from YourMechanic can come to your car's location to inspect the Check Engine Light, Battery Light, and steering problem in order to get a handle on the correct repairs for these issues.

Was this answer helpful?

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

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: Car overheating, but reservoir full

To start, a coolant pressure test should be done to check for any leaks in the cooling system. If there are leaks, the coolant level will be low and there will be air pockets in the system causing frequent overheating....

Q: Having weird transmission issues need advise on to sell or fix.

The transmission will likely need to be rebuilt or replaced. I would get a quote from a few local shops for a transmission overhaul and then compare this with the car's value before and after repairs. Look at some other...

Q: Fuel pump

The two vehicles have different fuel tanks and different pumps. Unfortunately, this swap will not work. If you need help with a replacement fuel pump on your Mercury, a local expert from YourMechanic will be able to source the correct...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
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...
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...