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My car starts and is ok when it is parked but as soon as I start driving, it gets VERY difficult to steer, the battery symbol illuminates, and the temp gauge rapidly goes into the red zone. What's wrong?? HELP!

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Sound s to be a bad belt tensioner or another pulley that is locking up. check these out or have them checked. you can look your self also. will take two people. Start the engine and look at the drive belt on the front of the engine. look for any flopping of the belt, there should be none. put it in drive and hold the brake and ingage the emergency brake. if you see the belt flopping then the belt tensioner is bad. remove the belt and check the pullies all of them. check for smothness as they are turning. If they are rough replace them. if they have play in them , side to side and in and out replace them.
the power steering pulley will have in and out play, this is normal. if the a/c pulley does not spin freely it is going bad. the altenator should move freely also.

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Hello E beyuka.
All the things wrong you mentioned are all affected by the drive belt.
The drive belt turns the pulleys for the power steering (hard to turn), the alternator(charges battery) and the water pump(overheats).
Check the drive belt and the pulleys. The belt could also be loose and slipping on the pulleys.
This should lead you to the source of the problem.
I hope your repair goes well. Thank you for using FixYa.

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