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Belt is not running when car is turned on

My car heats up every now and then. when it does i let it cool down thenturn it back on to put water. this time i noticed belt to the pullies was not moving then as i put the water in the radiator it started moving slowly then at regular speed. what is going on

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There could be one or two problems if you look at the belt and it's not moving, look at the center of the crank shaft pulley if you see that the center is rotating and the outer part of the pulley where the belt runs is still then you need to replace the crank shaft pulley (the crank shaft pulley is the one in the bottom in the middle of the engine) if this information has been helpful please let us know good luck

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Sounds like you need to change your water pump. While in there change the thermostat too.

Sounds like the bearings in your water pump are seizing and along with not circulating coolant it's freezing the belts from turning freely

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