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Sepentine belt popped off

I have a 2000 bmw 323i, and this is what happened: I was driving on the highway and noticed my car battery light come on and then looked at my temp gauge and it was getting very hot, so i quickly pulled over and noticed a little smoke coming from the engine and the radiator fluid had spilled a little bit, so i filled it up with some more and no leak but when i looked closer at the engine i seen the belts loose, and i was able to pull the small belt but not the longer one. was wondering what happed and is the car totaled and what i need to do to fix this and any suggestion on how much it will cost. the tow truckdriver looked at it and said it was your sepentine belts.

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  • jessicagomez May 27, 2009

    should i take it to bmw or to a local repair shop and how much would that cost on average.

  • jessicagomez May 27, 2009

    and does bmw offer a full check up of the car to tell you whats wrong with it, i had a acura legend long time ago and had it taken to the dealer and was check out completely for free with the report and did not have to repair it here. does bmw dealers offer that???



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Sounds like the serpentine belt has failed and needs replacement. the belt tensioner may have failed as well but you'll need to check that. as far as totalling the motor... that depends how hot it got and for how long. best bet is to replace the belt and start it up (after checking all the fluid levels) and see how it runs.


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    Roberta Smith May 27, 2009

    darn... that may have been the cheapest serpentine belt i've seen... highest price on i found was 21 dollars u.s.

    not sure what the flat rate would be on it.

  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith May 27, 2009

    a local repair shop should be able to install a serpentine belt... i'm not aware of any specialty tools required on the bmw. i can't see the rate being more then an hour so it becomes whatever the shop rate is. if they have trouble figuring out how to route the belt there may be a sticker on the upper side of the hood (inside) with a diagram or it wouldn't be a big problem to find one on the net

  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith May 27, 2009

    depends on the bmw dealer you go to... they may offer you an inspection on your car and there may or may not be a cost for the service.

  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith May 27, 2009

    i'd appreciate you rating this solution... we are basically volunteers and our feedback is the ratings..... thanks



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