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I was driving home last night and I heard this loud metal crash/scapping/thud. Soon after my battery light came on, it felt like my power steering went out, and car would not heat up, and eventually by car died and overheated while leaking some sort of fluid. What the heck happened?!

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Sounds like you broke your drive belt. The drive belt controls the alternator, power steering pump, water pump and AC. When it breaks, you lose all. Hope fully you didn't do any damage to the motor by over heating. I'm guessing that by the sound that you have described, the belt tenioner pulley may have broken off. This keeps the belt tight. Good luck with it. Let me know if it was not that, as there may be more avenues to look at.

Posted on Jan 08, 2013

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SOURCE: 2005 chevy impala power steering leak problem

What you hae to do is check if the reservoir is leaking first if okthen it is either the piping or the steering pump. It is a process of elimination, you may need to clean the area first to discover where the leak is or work back from the point it is leaking on the belt. Until you identify where the leak is coming from it will be dificult to repair unless you just start to replace the pump and reservoir any way.

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SOURCE: 2002 Chevrolet Impala overheating while idling

the thermostates on the 3400 engines are late because the fans kick in at the last moment. if you run your ac on you will notice that the gauge stays in front of the half mark or right on the half mark. that is because when you turn on your ac your fans will kick in earlier and stay on the whole time the ac is on. if you run your car with the heat on or nothing on that leaves the late thermostate to kick in verus you turning on your ac and it by passes the thermostates and runs the fans once the engine gets at at lest 120 deg. i use to have a 2002 and i had the same problem. this will keep your engine cooler. also if you don't want your air on just turn on your windshield defrosters (not the back windshield) and that helps keep your engine cool because your defrosters use your air compressor which is really your ac. so it still kicks the fans on earlier.

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SOURCE: power steering leak

If you live in a rust belt state.Check power steering line going to steering rack it have rusted through causing the fluid loss

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SOURCE: Service engine soon light flashing on acceleration

It sounds like u got a coil pack going out. Alot of times when your engine is cold or when you arn't putting a load on it the coils won't fail. How ever when the engine reaches operating temperatures and there is load on the coils that is when they are going to break down. my advice would be to get a scanner and see what cylinder the missfire is at then swwap that coil to another cylinder to verify that the coil is defective. If it is purchase another with a new spark plug put it in and let it rip.

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SOURCE: 2004 Chevy Impala Power Steering gone

If it is a line no it usually isn't big or expensive. If it is your pump that is expensive for the part but usually not to bad to do. But first see if it is that or if you live where it is really cold it could have just overflowed.

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