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AC died, a belt is broken, now no tachometer or power

Today on the way home, while parked at a stop light with the engine idling and the AC on, when I started to accelerate, there was a chirping sound as if from a belt problem of some kind that went away after a few seconds. When I turned off the ac to hear it better, it went away altogether. Then, after stopping by a store on the way home, when I started it up, the belt popped and broke. I looked under the car and retrieved the belt. I thought it was just to the AC or something and drove a couple more blocks home. Right before my driveway, I started losing power and the tachometer (RPM thing?) stopped working, I coasted into the driveway. The belt that broke looks like it is one of two belts connected to the crank shaft and maybe the power steering pump? I'm only guessing. Help?

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  • james_dougla Jul 03, 2009

    Yes, it was the belt on the alternator. And the other belt was pretty worn too, so I bought new belts to replace both of them. One bad thing, though is how difficult it is to get standard tools into those extremely tight places. But I was able to figure out how to de-tension the alternator and the power steering pump enough to put on the new belts. Wow, that was harder than I thought, but cost me $40.00 and 2 hours (30 minutes of which was going to the parts store). After jumping the car and charging the battery, it runs fine. I'm gonna check the tension of the belts again tomorrow after it has run some to make sure everything is still fine.

  • james_dougla Jul 03, 2009

    Yes, it was the belt on the alternator. And the other belt was pretty worn too, so I bought new belts to replace both of them. One bad thing, though is how difficult it is to get standard tools into those extremely tight places. But I was able to figure out how to de-tension the alternator and the power steering pump enough to put on the new belts. Wow, that was harder than I thought, but cost me $40.00 and 2 hours (30 minutes of which was going to the parts store). After jumping the car and charging the battery, it runs fine. I'm gonna check the tension of the belts again tomorrow after it has run some to make sure everything is still fine.

  • james_dougla Jul 03, 2009

    Yes, it was the belt on the alternator. And the other belt was pretty worn too, so I bought new belts to replace both of them. One bad thing, though is how difficult it is to get standard tools into those extremely tight places. But I was able to figure out how to de-tension the alternator and the power steering pump enough to put on the new belts. Wow, that was harder than I thought, but cost me $40.00 and 2 hours (30 minutes of which was going to the parts store). After jumping the car and charging the battery, it runs fine. I'm gonna check the tension of the belts again tomorrow after it has run some to make sure everything is still fine.

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It probably ran the alternator too and without it the battery ran down so the engine went dead without any power.

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