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Posted on 02/24/2013 3:17:17 PM PST by Allen In Texas Hill Country
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Beat me to it. I was going to suggest that if you didn’t get a CarFzx on it when you bought it, get one. If it’s one of the Sandy vehicles or one that has been totaled for some other reason you may have some recourse.
No recalls on your vehicle?
A serpentine belt is called that because it goes around so many things under the hood. It's like a snake. Power steering would stop. No water pump to cool down the engine, so the temp light would come on. The engine light would come on due to the alternator not getting charged.
If there's any spilled oil under the hood (dirty engine), it would smoke like crazy.
I kid you not, but two threads below this is a post about Elvis’ Cadillac going up in smoke:
A couple years back a Freeper started a thread about the irony of how some threads appeared near one another. I recall that because I’ve often thought about that as well. I’m sure he would have enjoyed these...
Its just that till now I was happy with my Mazdas.
‘08 Mazda CX-7.
Try feeding them a better brand of kibble
The ONLY thing the dealer said so far is that they thought the AC pulley froze/locked. But they suspected there were several/many(?) other side effects. OK, so maybe that burned up the main belt but not for all the smoke?????
Well, a seized A/C compressor would do it, and have about the same effect. Did the smoke smell like rubber, oil, or something else? What color was the smoke (white or black?)
Playing the Race card I see>
2008 Mazda CX7. Factory powertrain warranty is still in effect, 60 months/60,000 miles. Service interval on serpentine belt isn’t usually before 60k, it’s been 90k on vehicles I’ve owned. Toyota, Subaru, Nissan, Ford, GMC. Can’t say about Mazda but there is some commonality with Ford, having been owned in part by them.
If that happened, it is new or rebuilt engine time. Big reasons for replacing belts on a regular schedule. Lose one and you can lose an engine.
Yes, I would agree it sounds like the serpentine belt burnt then snapped when something seized up. The No 1 suspect would be the air conditiong comprssor, No. 2 the idler wheel. After that, I assume the car overheated since the water pump wasn’t working because the serpentine belt broke, and that may have lead to a warped or cracked head.
What, are they voting on a new Pope already?
Probably because the mechanic(s) haven't even looked at it yet. Look, just because you had it towed in and are all upset doesn't make it an emergency, nor does that mean they automatically have an open bay available to take a look. It could very easily still be sitting unlooked at in the car yard. You lost power steering and had smoke billowing, but the engine was still running. Perhaps the fluid line or a seal failed and was leaking onto the hot engine and burning off. Be patient, it might not be as bad as you think.
Check the power steering level. If the tank is empty you are are leaking power steering fluid somewhere and it’s spraying onto something hot. If so add some fluid, and watch the engine to see where the leak is after you turn it on.
Of what little I saw it looked a bit dark but was mostly gone by the time I got the car off the freeway. I hardly/never looked in the rear view mirror while getting the car off a busy freeway.
If it’s a Fiat or a Peugeot this is normal
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