Does it get hot?
You are describing a broken belt. The belt operates the water pump, power
steering pump, alternator, and air conditioner. If the steerign and
alternator do not work, you should also check to see if the A/C works -- the
water pump will make itself apparent on the temp guage.
It should be an easy fix, assuming you have basic mechanical skills.
You can move the Idler Pulley out of the way with a large screwdriver or
other suitable lever to use as a prybar. Route the belt properly -- this is
not difficult, the pullies that are smooth are moved by the flat side of the
belt, and the pullies that are grooved and moved by the inside of the belt,
making the belt only fit one way. When the belt routed properly, use the pry
bar to lift the idler pulley, and slip the belt underneath it and release
There should be a map to help you route the belt properly, but the belt can
not fit all of the pullies that it goes to if it goes to any pulley in the
There is a chance you might need to remove the fan and fan shroud to gain
access, but this is pretty straight forward. HINT the fan uses a reverse
threaded nut to hold it on.
Chewed up, you say? Make sure the idler pulley has not lost its plastic
outer part. If it has, it will be shiny metal with rough edges and look
suspiciously small in diameter. (This may not be relevant if they've changed
the design of it.)
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