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Old 01-04-2010, 10:56 PM   #1
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Power Steering, No Heat, and Overheating

So here is a new one for me.

Iím driving in the snow, at night, uphill, low RPMs, low or no boost, engine semi warm.

Then I hear and feel this happy crunch which I half assumed half hoped it was ice/slush that shook loose and maybe the back wheel ran over it. Everything seems fine for a few moments and then my power steering is gone, I can still turn the wheel but all mechanical help is gone. Then I notice that the battery and brake lights are on the dashboard as if I had stalled out, but I didnít stall I was still driving.

At this point I stop and get out, I canít see anything on the road that might have fallen off or been leaking, but it is night time. Being very close to home, dark, cold and snowing I limp it home and realize that I donít have any heat at all even though I am up to temp. Moments later I start to over-heat. Nothing seems to be leaking, broken or wrongÖ

So in summary, in one moment all the following happened:
Power Steering is gone,
Battery and E-Brake Lights on the Dash
No Heat,
Overheating,

Any Advice, help or even where to start would be much appreciated, thanks.
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Old 01-04-2010, 11:08 PM   #2
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Re: Power Steering, No Heat, and Overheating

Waterpump may have locked up. I don't know on yours but mine, the water pump controls the powersteering. But actually now that I think about it, you may have just spun your main belt.
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Old 01-04-2010, 11:16 PM   #3
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Re: Power Steering, No Heat, and Overheating

Sounds like the belt that goes around the water pump and alternator may have snapped. Which would explain the lack of power steering because the power steering belt is driven by the water pump pulley.
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Old 01-05-2010, 12:04 AM   #4
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Sounds like the belt that goes around the water pump and alternator may have snapped. Which would explain the lack of power steering because the power steering belt is driven by the water pump pulley.
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Old 01-05-2010, 08:34 AM   #5
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Re: Power Steering, No Heat, and Overheating

Thanks so much guys, now that I get in there with a flashlight and something too look for, that is exactly what happened. To the new belt store I go.
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Old 01-05-2010, 09:43 AM   #6
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Before you slap another belt on there, it would be a good idea make sure that nothing is seized up. Make sure the alternator spins freely and that you can rotate the water pump and powersteering pump as well.
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