Does failing serpentine belt prevent car from starting?
My car wont start sometimes - I had an oil change a month ago and was told I
need a new serpentine belt - could this be the reason? When it doesn't start -
it is silent - the engine isn't turning over. I give it a minute, and luckily, it comes
around (so far!). So I'm wondering - could it be the bad belt? Do I need a new
starter? Or something worse?
Not right away, but it will in the near future, because your battery will go dead
The serpentine belt is what drives all your accessories, power steering, alternator A/C compressor and the water pump. When it won't crank over do you still have the usual dash lights or is the whole electrical system dead?
I still have electrical .... so could that mean starter?
That is the usual problem, but you should make sure you are getting power to the starter on the main power wire and the crank terminal when you turn the key to crank before condemning the starter.
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