Wednesday, March 4, 2015

oh my darlin' serpentine

Was expecting an uneventful ride to the mailboxes today (just like another time in recent history).  Got about halfway out my road and I heard a thump and the battery light came on and the power steering went out.  First thought was how far I am able to walk on crutches.  Turned around immediately and drove back home.  Checked under the hood and my serpentine belt was shredded.  Ordered a replacement through Amazon Prime in just enough time for an overnight delivery.  Hopefully I won't need both legs to replace it.  48,74,53, .08",W

7 comments:

Rita B. said...

So glad you were able to make it back to the house. When it rains, it pours, huh?

Dizzy-Dick said...

Remember the good old days when a car had a simple belt and if it broke you could take the belt out of the loops of your blue jeans and make a temporary replacement?

northtexan said...

What's that saying about bad luck? How's the weather? Snow and ice in north Texas. Seems you may be causing weather patterns from there to your old home!

Rob said...

I hope it was just the belt worn out.
We had one go because it wanted to and a different one because an accessory seized.

Margery Bills said...

An acquainted friend in San Antonio had his power steering go out on the 25 mile drive to work. He tried to be positive.

Rev.jimmyleebob said...

Just replaced mine last summer ( 2000 Tundra). I was going to say do yourself a solid and draw a picture of it first but it's in your hand. Path of least resistance is go in from the bottom and the use a large screw driver or breaker bar & socket to move the idler pulley over.They don't call it serpentine for nothing.If you have more than 100k on it you need to do the timing belt and water pump.Parts kit is like 250.00 but that's a real nightmare. Labor at a shop for that one is around 600-700.Full day job by a guy that does it every day.
Seen them go 135k but that 4.7 is a zero clearance engine, so you know what happens if that belt ends up looking like your darlin' serpentine.

Margery Bills said...

You know, maybe you know this, but people in San Antonio told me that rabbits chew up wires. I don't know if they chew car parts or not. It might be a good idea to have your car enclosed--fencing or something to protect from various critters.