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When driving I heard a belt squealing while the air conditioner was on. I turned off AC and there was a slight bump under hood and then battery light and brake light came on on dash.  When checked engine I found a torn belt under car. Which belt is this?

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The Alternator belt. This belt is used to transfer the rotary power from the engine to a number of ancillary units.
In your case it looks as if the belt drives the Air con, Alternator and brake servo unit.
Any good autoparts store should be able to supply the correct type. Note when posting car related questions quote the Model, Trim level, Year, Engine Engine type and Size as manufacturers can fit different belts to the same base model. The same goes when ordering your new belt. For emergency use you can get an adjustable belt. If you are fitting your own belt there is normally a slide mechanisim on one of the ancillary units e.g the alternator the bolts on this unit need to be slackened and the unit pushed twoards the engine. This will allow the new belt to be fitted. Do not be tempted to overtighten as this puts excessive strain on the bearings of the ancillary units.

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