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Broken Belt

On most vehicles today, only one belt (called a serpentine belt) runs all of the engine’s vital systems and accessories. The serpentine belt often turns the water pump, air conditioning compressor, alternator, and power steering pump. If this belt breaks, you should not drive the vehicle. You will need a tow to a local repair facility or you will need to replace the belt on the side of the road. If you drive the vehicle, you risk overheating the engine. The vehicle will also not turn effectively if the power steering pump is not operational.