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Suddenly noticed steering difficult, red battery light appeared,heat indicator went all the way to hot(red side),and check charging system came on. I'm a 70 yr. old woman who knows nothing. HELP

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    Maryann Milligan May 06, 2014

    Thanks, this was very helpful. Took car to shop and the belt had slipped off due to leaking water pump. Both are being replaced. Thanks again.



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You didn't indicate the year of the vehicle, but It sounds like the main drive belt or serpentine belt is broken. If you have a garage very close by to where you live, take the car there to have them replace the belt. Otherwise, i suggest you not drive the car until it is fixed. The fix is not a terribly difficult job to do. Possibly you know someone who can replace the belt for you. Good Luck.....

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Well your engine belt is either very lose or has broken completely. If you were to look on the front of the engine were your fan is you should find your alternator and power steering pump belt.

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Hi ,
It sounds like you lost the belt that runs the power steering pump and the water pump and the alternator. Look under the hood at that belt.
Good Luck

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