Serpentine belt and water pump

Pooh BearMarch 5, 2007

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.

Thanks.

Pooh Bear

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Pooh Bear

Ok, according to the belt diagram on the AutoZone website,
the belt doesn't drive the water pump. So I'm safe there.

Now, which one of these belts would you recommend.

Thanks.

Pooh Bear

    Bookmark   March 5, 2007 at 3:18PM
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blue_fastback

What engine is it? Basicly open the hood and look for the water pump. 45 minute drive is a long time to drive a car without an alternator. Most of the time something caused the belt to go flying off like a siezed alternator or tensioner pulley.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2007 at 6:23PM
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Pooh Bear

I used a 10/30/50 battery charger for about 90 minutes
and charged the battery for the drive home.
Drove home normally and the temperature guage never
went out of the usual operating range.
I put the charger back on it when I got home.
I took it off for the night but will put it back tomorrow.

Not really sure what engine is in this car.
Never bothered to check. AutoZone site says 4cyl 122 P 2.0L SFI
Car has about 140k miles on it. And the belt finally breaks.
I figure it is due for hoses too. Put a timing belt in at 100k.
It has been a really good reliable car.

Pooh Bear

    Bookmark   March 5, 2007 at 9:10PM
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john999

It's a Mazda engine. There all much the same, and the timing belt doesn't run the water pump, alternator or anything else.

It sounds like the belt that runs the power steering pump and the alternator is slipping or running slow - that might be because of a loose belt or because the bearings are seizing in either of those components.

There may be a separate belt for the water pump and the aircon compressor (I don't know), hence they are not affected. I'm not entirely sure, but I don't think it has a serpentine belt.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2007 at 8:28PM
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Pooh Bear

Huh??
I changed a shredded serpentine belt yesterday.
Went around the alternator, PS pump, and A/C compressor.
And it went around the crank pulley and two idler pulleys.
Pulling the shredded belt out of all that
and putting a new belt in solved the problem.

Used to own an old Escort wagon
that the timing belt turned the water pump.
Kinda figured maybe Ford still used the same setup.

Pooh Bear

    Bookmark   March 8, 2007 at 11:39PM
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blue_fastback

On some vihicle yes.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2007 at 9:09AM
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candy1965

AH yes, Mr. Fastback and his Crystal Ball again.HEY GENIOUS, did you ever even bother to think that the belt IS OLD ! ? What a BOZO !

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Posted by blue_fastback (My Page) on Mon, Mar 5, 07 at 18:23

What engine is it? Basicly open the hood and look for the water pump. 45 minute drive is a long time to drive a car without an alternator. Most of the time something caused the belt to go flying off like a siezed alternator or tensioner pulley.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2007 at 9:39PM
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markyoung

I think we are on the same scenario. Last month that actually was my problem. I had ordered online for the Water Pump Housing just to keep that problem isolated.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2011 at 12:34AM
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