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    Okay so I just had a crazy drive home. About a half a mile in from my house, I lose power steering, than my temp gauge goes through the roof, than my battery light comes on. And guess what? No freaking CEL! Luckily I only had to make 2 turns before getting home, as soon as I turn the car off, I can hear my coolant reservoir loosing coolant like crazy! So I hop out of the car and I'm spilling coolant from passenger side. Help me!!! About to light the match here...lol

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    Re: OMFG Help!!!!

    Check hoses on that side. Maybe just popped one. As far as power steering goes, check your level and see if you have any leaks. Good luck to ya

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    Re: OMFG Help!!!!

    Sounds like a failed serpentine belt!

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    Thanks Vegas thats what I was thinking, I didn't pop the hood last night too frustrated so I'm of to check this morning.

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    And the winner is: VegasEldo91, failed serp belt. Appears that its not the belt thats failed but the tensioner. Hopefull not to long to repair, or too costly.

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    Re: OMFG Help!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by VEGASELDO91 View Post
    Sounds like a failed serpentine belt!
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    Easy fix. Possible you tensioner pulley bearings seized too, I've seen it happen on the cats a few times. About an hours work and you'll be on your way.

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    awww,.... I didn't refresh before i posted, guess u got it fugured out though! lol.

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    Yep, yep, hare are some pics....


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    Re: OMFG Help!!!!

    Glad you found the cause of the problem. I remember when my air pump seized on my first Cadillac (86 Eldo) and pretty much the same thing happened, and I was on the highway! Needless to say it scared the crap out of me; no pwr. steering, coolant temp rising rapidly, and all the warning lights illuminated on the dash! I was actually on my way to a first date and managed to get off at the exit where the casino was, the car sat in the lot for two days until a mechanic friend fixed it. My date had to take me home in her car that day, she was cool about it but it was still a little embarrassing!

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    Yeah, it was pretty scary. I think I got the belt and tensioner install down, from what I know I have to unclip one ERG or coolant hose which the belt is looped behind. My biggest concern is something is now wrong with my coolant tank, due to the massive leak, I can't really tell if it came from the cap or from underneath...I guess time will tell.

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    Re: OMFG Help!!!!

    When it went on my brother's his just overheated at the cap, no permanent issues.

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    Re: OMFG Help!!!!

    when you bull the bearing off to put the new pulley on you'll see the true problem. Ha ha.

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    Yeah, will be doing the work in the next few hours. I'm assuming that the bearing will be seized up. Would it be wrong to use some wd40 there?

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    I wouldn't. Once you get the new pulley and bearing in you shouldn't need it for anything, plus if you get that on your belt then the belt will never stop squealing, and you don't want that with a new belt...

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    Okay, so I've run into a little snag, I don't know which pulley to loop last, it feels like the belt is about 2" too short! I'm assuming thats normal. Which is the easiest to work with, I've been told I should loosen one bolt for the alternator and pivot it. I'm not sure though, anyone thats installed one on theirs, any pointers? Oh and by the way, getting to the point where I was ready to run the belt was a major pain, so little space, I got so frustrated, I just removed all the plumbing coming off the plenum to get to a little tiny torx screw that was attached to some kind of aluminum piping in front of the engine, and a steel support mounted to the engine. Will have picks up in the next few days. Oh yeah, I'm almost 100% positive failure was caused by a seized tensioner pulley bearing.

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