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My serpentine belt broke drove car 30 miles home without belt, got a new belt put it on cranked car up took for test drive got back opened hood realised the exhaust manifold was red hot. Turned A/c off and the red goes away! The only thing I did other than change belt was washed motor Im a female and dont know what else to do! Any Ideas? Its a 2000 Mercury sable 3.0L 24 valve DOHC

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  • Well, that belt drives everything including the water pump. When the belt broke and you drove it no coolant circulated and the exhaust glowed from overheating. A red glowing manifold usually only happens from excessive heat caused from modified engines. But in this case this is almost surely what happened. You are lucky you did not blow your engine. Park it and let it cool down for a few hours.

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