I think it's safe to say that you need more than a belt. Has it been making
any strange noises lately? Without looking at it I can't tell you for sure
what's wrong but I'm guessing the water pump. In any case a broken belt
would not cause the SES or the low coolant light to come on unless you drove
it that way for some time.
Your best bet is to get it to a reputable shop and tell them the whole truth
about what happened. I don't think you are telling it to us.
Installing a belt is no problem, just takes a few minutes with a ½
breaker bar. If the belt broke, a new belt will be required, and that's
$25~30 for the part. However, if SOMETHING ELSE broke (causing the belt
to be 'thrown'), it will cost quite a bit more. As I said before, if a
pulley fell off, that would need replacement. If the belt tensioner is
worn out, a new one will need to be installed. In short, if you lack
mechanical knowledge about how cars work, its time for a mechanic. Sorry!
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