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Broke down on side of road

My son is in Boone, NC and is broken down on the side of the road. He says his battery light is on, he has no power steering (kind of important in the mountains), and when he pulled over about an hour ago his engine was overheating. It isn't overheating now, but still no power steering and the battery light is on. I am in Goldsboro NC so I can't get to him to help him in a timely manner. He is in a 1998 Ford Escort ZX2. What do I need to tell him to do?

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  • kimberlyhick Jun 08, 2009

    Thanks. It turned out that the water pump had a bad ball bearing (which accounted for the overheating). It caused the pump to seize up and made the serpentine belt come off(which accounted for the lack of power and thus lack of power steering).

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If the battery light is on then the battery charging system is inop, that means a problem with the Alternator or the wiring to the Alternator.

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