1998 jeep cherokee turns over/ no start. broken serpentine
Driving home the other night, felt like i lost power steering, didnt think anything of it. 4-5 miles later, it started running rough . looked at guages. wasnt hot, but i realized what happened. serpentine belt broke. jeep died. towed it home, put on new belt, now it turns over ( sounds weak but have used 3 different batteries, all tested good ) oil does not look milky,this wouldnt be a head gasket issue???? i've read about crank position sensor being the culprit, any way to check this? any other insight. all help is appreciated.
Re: 1998 jeep cherokee turns over/ no start. broken...
My 1988 jeep cherokee started to run rough it was leaking anitifrezze out of the resavor then the power stearing got tight i took at the motor my belt came off....steal runs what could make that happen i just got the jeep like a week ago
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1. Check that the serpentine belt is still intact and still in position over all the pulleys on the engine including the power steering pump.
2. Check the power steering fluid level. If very low or empty you obviously have a significant power steering fluid leak which could be from a ruptured flexible hose, a leaky hose connection, a leak from the power steering pump itself or leaks from the fluid seals in the steering rack. If the PS pump has been run with very low fluid it will have been pumping air and will be damaged.
3. If the PS pump itself has failed you will obviously lose PS assistance and a bad pump would need to be replaced.
4. Since you have not checked anything on the car no one here can tell you the likely source of your particular PS failure.
5. The steering wheel should still turn but if the car is not moving it will be extremely heavy and difficult to move.without PS assistance so don't attempt to drive it in its present condition.
When a serp belt breaks you loose all power steering. water pump is not operating so car will run hot. battery light would come on because alternator is not working. You would basically loose anything that worked off the drive belt. You would also loose air conditioning.
are you talking about the serpentine belt or the timing chains, the serpentine belt is what drives the alternator,power steer,water pump, and goes around a few idlers. and around crank pulley that is in front of harmonic balancer. Did the belt fall off? is the pulley missing? cause it should be very self explanatory and visual.
The Obvious: You have something broken in the front end. What to do: get yourself under there and take a look at everything. Anything that looks amiss probably is. Jack both front wheels off the ground... lie down where the vehicle can't fall on you and have someone turn the wheels back and forth. Look and see what's preventing travel. If it's that bad, it shouldn't be that hard to find!