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Alt. Light came on & the car lost power steering

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Check serpentine belt. Let us know if this isn't the cause or if you have more questions.

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If your serpentine belt is good, then you could have worn brushes on alternator. With the car on, try taping gently in back of alternator. If it starts working and light turns off, definetly go and get a new one. the brushes are gone!

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