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Battery light comes on, steering becomes terribly difficult

While driving, battery light comes on, steering becomes difficult (impossible?)....suspect  malfunctioning generator drive belt????
what to do????
is this same as alternator???

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Check alt might be bad take belt off and spin the alt pulley. If its hard to spin bad . belt slipping causing power stearing pump not to spin.

Posted on Dec 30, 2008

  • blazertruck Dec 30, 2008

    same thing old cars had generators. new cars have altternator

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