We recently were driving down the road when our power steering pulley broke and 2 of the 3 bolts came out, causing the serpentine belt to shred and our car stalled out. We got in towed home, took everything apart, got a new pulley, bolts and belt, put everything back together but now it won't start. Hooked a battery charger up to it all night, didn't help, tried to jump it with another car, still didn't help. We are just stuck with what could be wrong. When we go to start it, it sounds like it wants to start it just won't kick over so we know it's not the starter. Any and all suggestions would be great. We have 2 kids with one on the way and need a car! Thanks!
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Re: Car won't start??
Remove the serpentine belt and see if it cranks over. Something in that area screwed up to cause all that to happen. Breaking power steering pump pulleys is rare. I am assuming from your description that the starter won't crank the engine. If I am wrong please clarify.
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My first impression would be the serpentine belt is worn ...specifically it has "glazed" and stretched so it no longer has the ability to effectively grip the drive pulleys it spins. Typically when the serpentine belt loses "traction" it will squeal as it slips on the metal pulleys of the accessories it is designed to operate. There also may be a problem with the the tensioner ...a device used to keep proper tension on the serpentine belt. This is an easy and relatively inexpensive repair ...probably cost between $100 and $200 ...depending on whether the tensioner needs replacing.
You really need to get this fixed. If the serpentine belt fails ...it breaks or comes apart ...you will lose power steering and the water pump as the two critical accessories the belt operates. Obviously the loss of power steering can make the car difficult to drive and the loss of the water pump will cause an engine overheat condition fairly quickly. The A/C and alternator will also drop off line but these aren't as critical as the steering and water pump.
Recommend to locate the crank pulley on the front of the motor. This pulley should be about 5 to 10 inches in diameter, and it usually is the pulley closest to the ground. It is on the front of the engine, but your engine being crosswise, that may mean the passenger side of the car. This pulley drives the serpentine belt. In the middle of this pulley is a large bolt that holds the pulley on. Find a socket to fit that bolt, and a long extension handle to fit that socket. You will need to be under the car to do this.There may be plastic shields in your way. Try to turn this bolt Clockwise, as you are wanting to turn the crankshaft, not loosen the bolt. If the crankshaft turns, the engine should not be "froze up". If that pulley won't turn, the motor may be "gone".
Is it possible the broken belt damaged the crank or cam sensor ? I can't see a way for the serpentine belt damaging the camshaft. Was the engine running after the belt broke ? Have you checked the computer for trouble codes ?
Power steering pulley is on the top. The largest pulley is the crankshaft pulley. But the 2 on the bottom are the crankshaft pulley and ac compressor. Slightly above those 2 pulleys is the water pump. Which ones not turning? And when the serpentine belt broke your water pump was no longer circulating engine coolant because the belt turns the water pump.
When the serpentine belt breaks you should not drive the car even though it will run. How long did you drive the car after the belt broke?
So you replaced the belt and then started it? And you can actually drive in reverse? If you drove the car very far with the belt broken you may have done damage to your engine. I mean its most likely you did do some damage.
The power steering pump should have a couple of retainer bolts, and then one adjuster bolt. Loosen the two retainer bolts slightly, then adjust the pulley back out of the way, slip the belt on, and use the power steering pump to tension the system.
That is a valid question, but you should ask the shop that worked on it. Also do you know that the power steering pump will cure the problem? This remains to be seen....You can check one thing though...Look at the belt/pulley arrangement from the side. any pulley that is not exactly in line with all others, and any wobbling pulley is suspect. Serpentine belts are far less forgiving of these items than were "v" belts. Good luck
There is a Large Pulley above the Tensioners Small Pulley. This Larger Pulley has a Bolt in the Middle of it. Geta Socket and Wratchet and Tork this Bolt and it will Lower the Tensioner so that you can Reinstall it.