Re: [DML] Torn waterpump belt
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Re: [DML] Torn waterpump belt

You still need to check the tensioner bearings.


From: Michael Conrad <mike@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Mon, August 2, 2010 6:07:42 PM
Subject: [DML] Torn waterpump belt


So, today as I was coming off the highway my voltage dropped significantly. A 
dozen seconds later my temp gage pegged. I pulled into the nearest parking lot 
and saw coolant all over the right hand side of the engine bay, and a torn-up 
altenator/waterpump belt. I did not see any signs of continued coolant leaks, 
and am thinking it must have come out the overflow tube after boiling in the 

Oddly, the belt wasn't snapped, just had a few teeth missing and the edge had 
split off. Once the car had cooled down a bit I reached in and was able to spin 
the alternator easily. The water pump doesn't "spin" but it does turn easily 
with a bit of drag. I was worried at first that something seized and tore the 
belt, but since both are still turning easily, is it safe to assume the belt 
just died of old age? If I put on a new belt and top off the coolant, what 
should I look/listen for before getting back on the road?

And yes, I've read all the posts about engines overheating and warping the 
heads. I will be checking my oil for water and vice versa.

Thanks in advance.

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