My 1998 Sable serpentine belt slips when I slosh through puddles at low
speed, causing the alternator light to come on, failure of power steering.
If I wait a few seconds, the water is slung off and the belt traction is
restored and everything goes back to normal.
Is there supposed to be some kind of splash guard under there someplace to
keep water from just flying all the way up into the engine compartment? I
don't know if it's really going that high, but something isn't right if I
can't creep through a little water without having that kind of problem. And
I'm not talking about mini-Noah's Ark events. I'm just talking about maybe
two or three inches of standing water at a parking lot entrance.
I replaced the belt a few months ago, which seemed to help a little, but
now the problem has returned.