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As I was driving my 2000 bmw 323i, the battery light came on, the car started smoking and the steering wheel locked up. What is going on?

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  • sharig74 Feb 20, 2009

    The temperature gage was all the way to the right and smoke was coming from under the hood. My friend was ddriving behind me and said that he saw something from under my car come flying out...

  • drewmorse Apr 10, 2009

    I had the same exact thing happen to my 323i last night...did you figure out what the problem was?

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Sounds like a belt let go, but other items could come in to play here, such as. : Seized idler pulley, seized alternator, etc. Obviously you need to have it checked out. Did you notice if engine overheated, that would be the one that would worry me.

Posted on Feb 20, 2009

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Feb 20, 2009

    Ya, that doesn't sound good, but here's to hoping it was just a belt & no extensive damage was done. Don't drive it, have it towed to a trusted repair shop for diagnosis & estimate for repairs.

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