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Battery light and wheel lock

When I turned on my 06 liberty the battery light came on and the wheels were locked. Any clue on why this is and will a new battery fix the problem? exactly the same problem with my mercury sable. Just a day ago I serviced the car for an oil change and tire rotation and there were no such problems.

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  • mercurysable Feb 23, 2009

    I found out that serpentine belt is broken as estimaternot said. I hope this is the only problem.

  • mercurysable Feb 23, 2009

    do you think I can drive to the mechanic (less than a mile away) or should I have it towed?

  • mercurysable Feb 23, 2009

    Unfortunately I already get the car towed (for free by AAA) and the mechanic asked for 75 bucks just for the check, even though the problem is obvious.

  • mercurysable Feb 23, 2009

    The mechanic says that AC compressor is also dead and it doesn't let the belt rotate smoothly, and gives me a cost of 1550$ for the replacement of the compressor and the belt. I think I will go with only the belt change.  

  • mercurysable Feb 23, 2009

    The mechanic tells me that there are no other options than to change the compressor. But I just found out by google that there is smt called A/C compressor bypass pulley for 40$. Hard to trust these guys.

  • mike loshbough
    mike loshbough May 11, 2010

    not possible unless the car stalled



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Change your belts or check your tension

Posted on Feb 22, 2009

  • estimaternot Feb 23, 2009

    the car will only stall after you continue to drive the vehicle or let idle till you drain your battery dead because the alternater is not charging the battery

  • estimaternot Feb 23, 2009

    if you charge your battery for about a half hour, you should be able to drive for about 10-20 miles provided you do not turn head lights, flashers, or anything elictrical on including heater or a/c or radio, your motor need alot of electricity to spark your spark plugs. This is all consider that your baterry is under 3 years old. Your battery should provide enough electric till you reach your mechanic, I dont think you should have a problem, You may consider changing the belt yourself, a its only a 10 minute job, with a wrench or a socket set. (



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