Everything quit all at once while driving?

Tiny
JONCHRIST
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  • 2000 BUICK CENTURY
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 190,000 MILES
Hi, I was driving the other day and the brakes locked up and the power steering went out at the same time while I was going around a corner. I pulled over, parked, and shut off the car. When I turned it back on the battery light was on. I went around the block and parked it at home. I have been experiencing other nuisances my car will tell me I am low on anti-freeze when I am not. It will overheat while I have plenty in the radiator and in the reservoir. I want to fix it. It's a really good car. How much am I looking at to fix my car?
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Tuesday, October 18th, 2022 AT 11:27 PM

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Tiny
KEN L
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It sounds like you lost the serpentine belt. I would lift the hood and check the drive belt. here is a guide to help walk you through and images below for your car:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/replace-serpentine-belt

If the belt is okay, we need to run the codes.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/checking-a-service-engine-soon-or-check-engine-light-on-or-flashing

The bet should cost about $35.00 from the parts store or about $140.00 for a shop to fix. Check out the images (below). Let us know what happens and please upload pictures or videos of the problem.

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Wednesday, October 19th, 2022 AT 10:10 AM
Tiny
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The serpentine belt is in fact in good condition. It's still on the motor. I was talking to a friend of mine who said he had a similar problem and his turned out to be a bad alternator. Could it be the same?
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Wednesday, October 19th, 2022 AT 10:40 AM
Tiny
KEN L
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If the alternator is locking up yes, this can cause it. You could be able to tell if the alternator pulley is overheated, if you upload an image of the pulley I can tell for sure if that is the problem.
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Thursday, October 20th, 2022 AT 11:11 AM

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