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Over heating from coolint and battery light came on loss of power while driveing

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  • WithTeeth Dec 01, 2008

    This same exact thing happened to me last night!!!!

    It started on the highway with a burnt smell in the car, then the car began to overheat, then the battery light went on and as i was driving the battery was getting lower and lower until i could not even drive.

    After a jump i was able to move it out of the road into a car parts store parking lot where the altenator and battery both tested low.


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Depending on how things are arranged under the hood, if you have a defective hose or loose clamp that allowed coolant to leak onto belts, it could cause the drive belt for the alternator to slip as the coolant is pretty slippery. The overheating could well come from a failed thermostat - I just replaced one on our Outback. That would also explain the coolant loss and belt contamination. 

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