Does failing serpentine belt prevent car from starting?

Asked by Mar 18, 2016 at 01:01 AM about the 2005 Ford Taurus SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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?

4 Answers

25

Not right away, but it will in the near future, because your battery will go dead

109,585

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?

109,585

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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