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The alternator belt came off while driving. then smoke was coming out from the hood.

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You do not want to turn your car on if there is no belt! Before you put a new belt on, make sure the balancer pulley is not crooked or out of place, make sure alternator is on tight and other pulleys are not loose, and that there is nothing that would touch the belt if it is rotating. you might have done some damage to your car if you had it on with no belt. Check anti freeze level and temparatue after new belt.

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