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Hi. On a 2002 Subaru outback. Can someone tell me what would cause the indicator lights for both the brakes and battery to come on and the power steering seems to be out. there was a slight burning smell prior to this. My son is in the middle of driving from Florida to NJ tonight, he's only in SC and I don't know if this is a problem he should stop for. any assistance would be greatly appreciated

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I'll give it a shot. This is my theory on what has happened..
It sounds as though one of the belts, (actually I think it's just one large one) has broken. The belt would have been attached to the alternator and the power steering, those could go out at the same time. The smell would be the burning rubber of the belt. It is possible that the broken piece of belt flapping around could have damaged a component in the brake system. He will have more problems if he keeps driving. I would have the car towed to a garage. I would also advise that he get a recommendation from one of the locals in a restaurant as to who an honest mechanic in the area so that he is not taken unfair advantage of.
I hope I've helped.
Best Regards,
Mark

Posted on Jan 03, 2011

Testimonial: "thanks Mark good advise but...within minute of me posting his dash dimmed then headlights went out so he called AAA. hope the mechanic is honest"

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