WHAT WOULD CAUSE A NEW SERPENTINE BELT TO OVERHEAT/MELT?

  • Tiny
  • seung.mina.xia@gmail.com
  • 1998 Ford Taurus
  • 172,000 miles

Serpentine belt broke/snapped while driving, causing battery to die as well. After replacing both, car drove fine for two days(approx.20miles of driving). But then on the third day, within a few blocks, hood went up in smoke. Taking a look at it, new belt appeared to have melted/overheated. Could not find the cause.

Monday, September 10th, 2012 AT 8:31 AM

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  • Tiny
  • ASEMaster6371
  • Expert
  • 25,551 posts

Remove the belt and there will be a puleey locked up. Could be water pump, ac compressor, tensioner, idler or alternator. One of them was the original cause for the first to melt.

Roy

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Monday, September 10th, 2012 AT 11:35 AM

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