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Old 02-24-2004, 07:36 PM   #11
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Default Belt on alternator(?)

Again, I know very little about cars but I have called around and $100 is the average price which Im cool with but I was just outside looking at my belts and pulled out one (with absolutely no effort) that was connected to pulleys behind the belt on the engine. It was shredded to hell and back and im getting that replaced within hours. It was connected to the alternator and a friend was telling me about how it might be the reason I lost power steering as well. If my car doesn't start with the replacement of that belt im getting a new alternator.

I was wondering if anyone knows about that secondary belt and what it does cuz again, Im learning about cars as I fix my own.
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Please put your year and model in your signature. It'll help us to help you.

If you lose the other belt (which drives the supercharger), you're not going far. It also drives the water pump, and you'll overheat in no time at all. Seeing how you already have one shredded belt, I'd strongly suggest you replace both right now.

I also suggest you purchase a maintenance manual before doing any further work on the car. It can be a big help. Losing a belt like that can be a very serious matter.
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I wonder why the belt shredded? You may want to check the pulleys that it goes around to see if any of them have ceased up.
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Yeah Im gettin a new ac belt in a week, its in average condition, worn, but no rips tears or damage. got that manual too, and was just figuring out a way to get that belt on when my flashlight battery died so im waitin' for tomorrow, but damn those things suck.
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The belts on the 92-95 SSEi and the 92-94 SE, SLE, and SSE are a snap. Very easy.
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I was wondering if anyone knows about that secondary belt and what it does cuz again, Im learning about cars as I fix my own.
Well, both belts should be _on_ the engine and turning various pulleys...

Lemme get this straight: You do know which component is the alternator, I assume. Is that the belt that you were able to pull off bare-handed? I'm thinking that if so, and the belt wasn't broken in two (frayed, maybe, but not actually broken clean through), then maybe the tensioner broke...? You should not have been able to pull off the belt (_either_ belt) without a wrench and a bit of muscle to back off the spring-loaded tensioner pulley.
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