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Driving down the street and the battery light comes on and the power steering is gone. The car runs fine, starts fine, but no power steering at low speeds. Get up past 40 and the steering comes back? What on the world is going on??? Also, parked it after this and the coolant has all drained out in my garage and I get the check coolant code?? I have searched and found nothing, any suggestions.
 

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Re: Driving and battery light comes on and lost power steering.

After further inspection, the belt in the very front of the engine bay has come off. It is all tangled up and off the pulleys. What belt is this and does anybody know how much this might cost?? Also, any ideas why the coolant dumped and the coolant reservoir is bone dry?
 

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Re: Driving and battery light comes on and lost power steering.

the coolant "dumped" because the car overheated- if you have been running like this for very long then a belt replacement is going to be the least of your worries-

Get the belt replaced and prey-
 

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Re: Driving and battery light comes on and lost power steering.

Luckily it happened 100 ft out of my driveway, I turned around and pulled back in the garage and took another car to dinner. Came back and coolant was running down the driveway. The whole reservoir dumped out after the car was parked and turned off. How does that happen?
 

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Re: Driving and battery light comes on and lost power steering.

if it happened that close then i doubt it overheated- i would say when the belt came off it damaged a coolant hose.. id check there first!
 

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Re: Driving and battery light comes on and lost power steering.

Another thought - from a personal experience on my RR...

Maybe your water pump bearing had a catastrophic failure, causing the water pump pulley to flop around at odd angles leaving your coolant to pour out at the pump shaft, and your belt to come off. The resevoir would drain because it's higher than your water pump (gravity).
That's what happened to me.
Repair was a new water pump (I'd go with aftermarket replacement pump if I had it to do over again), gasket and ancillary belts. Replaced both belts and also the thermostat while it was being done too.

One way to check is to grab the water pump pulley and see if it's solid, or if there is moevment other than the desired rotation.
I would say good luck, but it seems you already were blessed with that, considering you were so close to home when it did fail!
 

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Re: Driving and battery light comes on and lost power steering.

Mine did this on the motorway, it was the pulley iddler bearing that had failed. This then ripped the pulley appart and threw the belt off. I had to be recovered home.

I'm concerned that you say you could get up to 40mph in the first post, that makes me think you went for a drive without your coolant pump running.

Either way, it was a relatively inexpensive repair for me. New double pulley unit and belt. £170 inc labour.

Fingers crossed there is no extra damage for you.

Dan
 

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Re: Driving and battery light comes on and lost power steering.

Diagnosis was that the water pump seized and popped the serpentine belt. It tore up the radiator fan some pulleys and a whole list of other stuff I will report after I get the bill. Not looking good right now.
 
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