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Over Heating and Belt Problems-98 Spyder

So I’m not sure if one thing is a result of the other but hope the information I provide will help you help me understand what’s up. My daughters 98 Eclipse Spyder started making a rattle/whistling sound. Had no clue looking at the engine but the next day she started it and many of the belts were not turning. Realized the alternator belt was the cause and decided to get it replaced. Had no power steering, alternator, and power brakes, didn’t realize it had affected the water pump until about 3 miles into my drive. Pulled over when I looked and it was redlined. The belt had not broken as I originally thought, had my tools and loosened the alternator, put the belt back on and tightened everything back up. In my day of working on cars we used a crow bar for leverage and tightened the one bolt provided. Have two with this one, the obvious one that pushes the alternator down and the other one which looks to move it fro left to right for proper alignment. For some reason it continues to move up and ride on the rim of the pulley and I am now having heating problems. Car runs hot with the A/C on, spikes at low rpm’s the drops quickly. I even have hot air blowing from the A/C on occasion. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Roger

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