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Power steering suddenly went out while driving

Have 98 Ford Escort Sport zx2. Was driving on wet roads and drove thru water puddle when power steering suddenly went out. Noticed check engine light came on also.

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  • donnatdavis Apr 18, 2009

    Turned engine on and belt does not turn, then noticed belt is loose but dont know how to put back on. Also, are the pulleys supposed to be turning even if belt is off, they were not turning either.

  • donnatdavis Apr 18, 2009

    Also, correction on engine light, it was the battery light that came on, not the check engine light

  • donnatdavis Apr 18, 2009

    Shack Your Awesome!! Belt is brand new and so just need to put it back on. TY for your help.



    Donna

  • james shack May 11, 2010

    is the belt still on the pulley ?

    shack

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Check the eps fuses (if applicable) if not then check the drive belts

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Look on your radiator support, or on you hood for your engine decal stickers, there hopefully will be a belt routing diagram. follow this to install your belt, you will need to release tension of of your tensioner pulley to get the belt around all pulleys. to answer you question the battery light came on because your alternator stopped charging when it threw the belt. just put your belt back on ( look at it closely make sure it not cracked or torn ) and you should be rollin'

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