So, tonight as I was driving home on the highway, my steering wheel suddenly got tight, my brake light and battery light came on, followed shortly by a dull pop and the check engine light. My temp gauge also shot up all the way. I managed to make it to my exit, where i discovered that my brakes were fine, but i could barely get my steering wheel to turn. Came to a light, stopped, and upon acceleration, the car just bucked its way down the road till i had to yank the wheel again to get it into my parking space. Um... what the hell just happened? Cause I'm broke.

Asked by Jan 25, 2013 at 05:06 AM about the 2000 Nissan Altima GXE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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Sounds like your serpentine belt broke, causing all your accessories, such as your alternator, water pump, and power steering pump to stop spinning/working. Hopefully the belt didn't damage any other component under the hood, but replacing the belt should be an easy enough fix.

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Certainly can't improve on that answer. Except to say if you are broke, like most of us, you are talking $10 or so to fix.... for something that could have ruined your car, consider yourself lucky

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If the serpentine belt just came off, that's a $10 fix. If it broke, then you're looking at $200 or more, depending on labor charges. Those things aren't easy to put on.

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Mine same

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Same thing happened to mine just now. But I turned off the car and turned it back on and it was fine. Any thought on why it didn't Happen again ?

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I just had the same thing happen to me! My father n law and his brother looked at it and they said it was a pulley that wasnt spining but i have a 2007 Volkswagen jetta

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Serpentine belt on a 2005 Altima . . . under $20 for the belt and less than a fifteen minute job. Any back yard mechanic can do it.

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