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Power steering is out. overflow tank blowing smoke

My 1988 Jeep Cherokee died at a light, and started blowing smoke from the antifreeze overflow. I let it cool down, refilled it and started it. My power steering went out and when I got home a few minutes later, it was smoking heavily again. Is this just a pump and thermostat issue? Or could it be the dampener for the belt causing problems?

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The key to this is likely the belt. Is the belt there? Is the tension correct? If OK, do all the drive and driven pulleys turn when it is running? Did it overheat again on the trip back home? Check the system for leaks. Even if you find the problem was not the thermostat, change it. Do not change the pump unless it has a leak or other mechanical failure. Like a bad shaft bearing.

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