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1998 nissan altima gxe 108,000 is very hard to turn at corners.

Brake and battery charge light came on and then I lost my power steering.
The car stayed on for the next 2 miles at a reduced speed of 35 mph. which brought me home. I also noticed the coolant level had risen from the cool and was slowly working its way to the hot zone. This was at night so I could not see the coolant level in the radiator but the reservoir bottle was almost empty when I checked it after the car had cooled off.. Also I looked at the belts and it looks like the belt that is connected to the generator or alternator is not all the way on the bottom pulley. I don't want to chance driving it the 9 mile trip to the shop and having it shut down on me. I don't even know if it will start tomorrow. I am thinking about having it towed. Do you think the main problem is the belt ?

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  • rjack1 Feb 19, 2009

    Does the slippage of belts cause you to lose power steering ?

  • rjack1 Feb 19, 2009

    I will report back tomorrow when I return from the repair shop.

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Sir,
Defienetly ur guessing is correct. ts sound like your power steering belt broke and It may have taken off your alternator belt too

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Hello, Not actually being there physically to look at this problem, I am going to say that it is very possible that a broken belt could easily cause the problems that you have.
If you are unable to put a new belt on, I would recommend that you have it towed to someone that can put the belt on and check and see if that cured the problem.
Thanks, Gator241

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  • Wally Wicker Feb 19, 2009

    Hello, I didn't add that a broken belt could also cause a power steering failure.
    Gator241

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Yes, with all that going on at one time, I would say it has alot to do with the belt. The belt powers most of the stuff that went wrong. I would not drive it like that. If you are not going to fix it have it towed.

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    Yes a slipping belt would cause a loss in power steering.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Based on description the belt has deformed that it is now loose. Although it is possible to externally charge the battery and run the vehicle to the shop, I am afraid the water pump will not work since it is likewise powered by the same belt. The same wold hold true for the power steering. With this in mind, your choices are:

  • have the car towed with special to attention which end is lifted if it is an automatic;
  • or have a friendly neighborhood mechanic replace the belt. The part number of the belt is normally printed on its flat surface and therefore an exact replacement could be bought from most auto shops or even in some gasoline stations.

This should be e relatively easy/quick repair work.

Good luck and thank you for using FixYa.

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Could possibly be slipping belts. Check the tension on your belts. Make sure there isn't any slack or that they aren't too tight.

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