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Battery light and wheel lock

When I turned on my 06 liberty the battery light came on and the wheels were locked. Any clue on why this is and will a new battery fix the problem?

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  • eas1014 Sep 15, 2008

    please help me

  • eas1014 Sep 15, 2008

    i don't think it's the alternator- the car turns on, runs like it has all power- I popped the hood and looked at everything I could, didn't see anything hanging, nothing over heated, no strange smells. i there a way I can check the alternator belt?

  • eas1014 Sep 15, 2008

    just to clarify- the belt you are referring to is the long one that wraps around several wheel looking peices on the front of the engine/alternator. In other words, I popped the hood and looked down and there was a long belt and it looked new, not worn, not stressed, not broke. Am I checking the right one?

  • eas1014 Sep 15, 2008

    yes, sounds just like it always does- i'm going to replace the battery- thought maybe it's low and that's why the light came on

  • eas1014 Sep 15, 2008

    that's why i'm so confused- I have full power, the car goes in gear, the belt is fine, sounds fine, drove it to work this morning with no problems. I have no idea what's wrong with it.

  • eas1014 Sep 15, 2008

    i did restart and check the power steering fluid- it's okay. the wheel won't turn- like it's locked when the car is off.


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The belt of the alternator broke.

the battery light is the indication that the alternator is not charging and the wheels were not locked but very hard to turn because the power steering is not turning also. they could be using the same belt.

solution: replace the belt.

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  • francis rivero Sep 15, 2008

    its not the alternator but the belt that is turning it. find the alternator and look at it's pulley.
    see if there is a belt in there.

    im guessing it uses serpentine belt and the power steering has no belt too since the serpentine belt is one big flat belt for everything.

    please check the belt.

    tnx ,


  • francis rivero Sep 15, 2008

    yup..that's the one.

    so when the battery lighted up and the steering stuck, is the engine running?


  • francis rivero Sep 15, 2008

    you might be spending for an un-needed battery,

    if your engine is starting and running then you dont need a battery.

    if the alternator pulley is turning and the battery sign in the instrument panel is lighted up, then it is not charging because that is the indicator that the alternator is not charging.
    but i'm confused why would the steering be hard to steer now?...hhmmnnn..

    keep me posted,

  • francis rivero Sep 15, 2008 please start it again and check the battery sign if it is still light up and check the power steering fluid. if it is low, then there is the problem, it may have a leak. if it is full , check if it is just hard to turn or would not really turn at all as if the ignition key is not inserted and the steering wheel is really locked.

    tnx again

  • francis rivero Sep 15, 2008 the steering lock could have been damaged. the key does not lift the locking pin to release the wheel column. is the battery sign still lighted up while the engine is runnig?


  • francis rivero Sep 15, 2008

    i have to continue trouble shooting to sleep for now..local time here...

    if you can rate our progress for now, it would be greatly appreciated.

    tnx for using fixya,



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