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We were driving in our 1994 Ford Taurus when we smelled burning rubber. We pulled over and saw white smoke coming from under the hood. When we looked under the hood, we could see that a belt was broken. When standing in front of the car, the belt is located on the left side of the engine. Any idea what that belt is to?

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It should be a serpentine belt.Was the belt about 1 inch wide and there are no other belts hooked up when you look under the hood?It connects everything a/c,alternator,power steer,power brakes.If that is the case(1 belt)you will need to contact a Ford dealer or look for a sticker under the hood showing how the belt is routed.Some makers have the sticker,some don't.I don't think my 1995 Ford does though.The belt will be cheaper at a national auto parts store than a dealer if you are going to try to self-repair.Good luck! Greg

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Testimonial: "Thank you. This describes the problem exactly as the A/C has been having problems as well as the power steering did not work after the belt broke."

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