Serpentine belt and water pump
Last nite my wife called and said the car
was hard to steer and the battery light was on.
So I had to go get her. Just as I figured belt was broken.
We parked the car in a Walmart parking lot and left it.
I have to go get it today. I called Walmart and asked
how much to put the belt on if I go get one.
They said they don't do that type of work.
But he also said I mite not want to drive it cause
the belt also turned the water pump. But we weren't sure.
It was very cold last night and the short distance I had to
drive it to get to Walmart it didn't have time to overheat.
I couldn't drive it home last nite cause the headlights would
have killed the battery fast. I figured daytime would be ok.
I was gonna just go over and charge up the battery real good
and drive it home to fix here. But now I don't know.
Does that belt drive the water pump?
I can watch the temperature guage as I drive it home.
Under normal circumstances it is a 45 minute trip.
And I have to cross a mountain.
Ok to drive home, or fix it there,
or drive it somewhere close by and have it fixed.
1997 Ford Escort 4 door sedan.
It's 1:20 CST and I have to leave in about an hour to go get it.
Hope I can get an answer before then.