I was coming back from school(drove for about 1/.

Tiny
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I was coming back from school(drove for about 1/2 a mile) when I heard a squeaking sound from my engine, so I pulled over and it started to smoke, I later found out that some belt attached to the engine was broken not the one with the radiator. Please what can I do. And like how much can it cost me
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Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 AT 3:21 AM

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Tiny
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Was it the serp belt that broke or the V belt
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Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 AT 3:23 AM
Tiny
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I really don't know the difference between both belts. But it is not the belt that holds the radiator or its fans, it is close to the engine.
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Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 AT 9:28 AM
Tiny
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I think it is the Alternator Power Steering Belt
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Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 AT 9:37 AM
Tiny
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Okay, you need to replace that belt. However, check to see if any of the pulleys are locked up. Spin them and make sure they are free.

The belt you are referring to shouldn't cost more than 20 dollars. Please make sure to check the accessories to make sure nothing is locked up. When you say you saw smoke, that leads me to believe something could have locked up.
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Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 AT 12:36 AM
Tiny
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But the engine still starts
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Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 AT 4:23 AM
Tiny
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If it locks, what will I do?
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Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 AT 4:46 AM
Tiny
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Hi:
Don't worry about anything locking up. And yes, the engine should run, but you still need to replace the belt. When I said about something locking up, I thought that since you saw smoke and the belt broke, chances are that one of the belt driven accessories locked up. I want you to check for that before replacing the belt so a new belt doesn't get broken IF an accessory is locked up.

Let me know if you have other questions.

Joe
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Thursday, March 28th, 2013 AT 2:13 AM
Tiny
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Okay, I took it to a mechanic, and he said that the air conditioning system locked up and the belt broke. And its going to cost me about 900 to fix the air, but since the power steering/alternator belt is not directly attached to the cooling system, hr could just fix the belt($125) and I worry about the air conditioning system when I have enough for that
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Thursday, March 28th, 2013 AT 4:06 AM
Tiny
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I had a feeling something locked up and broke the belt. As far as the cost, that seems a little high for a belt. You may want to call around for prices. Keep in mind, I don't know where you live, so prices may just be higher.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Joe
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Friday, March 29th, 2013 AT 1:33 AM

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