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Driving home tonight and my serp belt came off. I was two blocks from my house, but I noticed it when I lost power steering. I found the belt in tact, so something forced it off. It appears that there is fluid (power steering?) all over, like an explosion. All pulleys seem turn freely. The water pump turns with a little bit of resistance. Could the belt just come off on its own? Or is there something else such as a pulley or pump seizing which caused it? Thanks

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You are correct in that a belt does not just dfecide to de-rail itself for no reason. For diagnostic purposes, I'd put the old belt back on after also checking side play in all the pulleys.
Wipe off the P/S fluid that came out (don't wash or you will likely cause a new problem) The P/s may be leaking or when the belt came off, steering the car without the belt can sometimes push fluid out the top.
With the old belt back on start it up and watch what is going on up there. Make sure all pulleys are running true and that you don't hear any unusual noises.(don't forget to take a good look at the pulley on the crankshaft) If everything looks good, then replace the belt with a new one. If not, whatever you see that isn't right needs to be fixed before doing that. In either case, once the belt comes off I would not use it anymore.
One important thing...If you had any service work done on anything driven by the belt recently, check the alignment of that part by sighting from the side and drawing an imaginary line. If that part is either too far towards the front or rear in regards to the other pulleys it will eventually throw the belt off.

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