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Hi, Drving along tonight through town tonight the Alternator light came up on the dash board and power steering failed. Managed to pull up at the side of the road to find water gushing out from under the car. I had a feel under the car and there is some sort of belt (Fanbelt ??) hanging down that's torn. Any ideas on what needs doing.
Any help is much appreciated.
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Sounds like water pump has collapsed to start with and flicked the belt off but what engine is it first before I condem anything?
 

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From memory, on the V6 the auxilary belt drives the alternator, PAS, and coolant pump. If it failed, the steering will become heavy, the alternator light will come-on, and the coolant will boil. Your question was....?

But seriously, looks like you need a new belt and coolant top-up, and if you did not insist on driving the vehicle further then probably no head/gasket damage.

Hope this helps.
 

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Thanks for all the replies. My question was what damadge has been caused, parts need replacing ... and the likely cost involved in fixing it. I've filled up the coolant but it just gushes straight out. As soon as light came up on the dash board i pulled over within 10 seconds or so.
Many thanks again for all the replies.
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Like bigdrifter says - sounds like water pump bearings have disintegrated. As you stopped straight away you should get away with a water pump & drive belt.
 

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I had that on my BMW 750...Were you cursing to the other drivers that they should change their squeeky belt only to find out it was yours!!!

Yep sounds like belt snapped due to Waterpump being locked up.....Just replace the waterpump, and check the rest for leakages or holes...In my case I also had a big hole in my radiator....
 

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Is auxiliary belt the same as a drive belt ? How much is it likely to cost to replace the auxiliary/drive belt and the water pump at a garage. I know it's a bit of a long shot but can anyone recommend a garage in the Louth (North Lincolnshire) area ?
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As an idea...On my BMW 750 I was 200 miles away from home, had the car transported with thanks of the AA to a BMW specialist....New belt, waterpump and radiator including labour came to £350ish...The radiator was £210...I've got no experience with Vauxhall dealers (yet) but as it is the BMW engine, cost should be no more than £150 is my guess....
 

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Many thanks again to everyone for all the information it's very much appreciated. If i can get it done for £150-£200 i'll be very happy.
I'll let you know how i get on.

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Hi Paul

You need to look at it in the daylight....it definately sounds like the aux belt has come off/snapped....but it may just have caught a water pipe when it did this....causing the leak.
I had this before on my merc, belt came off and hit a fuel pipe when it did.
Result was diesel spraying out of the pipe it hit.
You say the belt was torn....check all the pulleys, I had a chunk missing from one of my pulleys....it was this that eventually chewed the belt causing it fall apart and then come off.

As for costs..new belt...prolly about a tenner (was for my merc from eurocar parts, 30 squid from MB), new pulley was about a tenner from MB! and new fuel pipe (in my case) about £15 from MB.
 

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Hi Taxi Driver
I've been out this morning to have a look.
Standing in front of the car looking down between the fan and front of the engine i can see the belt that is knackered is this the drive/auxiliary belt ?
I can't see where the leak is coming from, the pipes connected to the coolant tank appear to be ok. I have no access to a ramp or jack so can't get a look from underneath.

I believe the engine in the 2.5td is made by BMW, is it worth taking it to a BMW specialist or is it a simple enough job for any garage.
 
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Hi Taxi Driver
I've been out this morning to have a look.
Standing in front of the car looking down between the fan and front of the engine i can see the belt that is knackered is this the drive/auxiliary belt ?
I can't see where the leak is coming from, the pipes connected to the coolant tank appear to be ok. I have no access to a ramp or jack so can't get a look from underneath.

I believe the engine in the 2.5td is made by BMW, is it worth taking it to a BMW specialist or is it a simple enough job for any garage.
Yes thats the belt, also commonly known as a V belt
I am assuming that the engine doesnt have any water in it at tho mo......try filling it up with water.....if the leaks that bad you shud be able to see it falling out somewhere.

And as Hillper says, simple job, for any garage if you are not confident on doing it yourself. Im not that mechanically minded, usually only simple jobs i do....like plugs etc but i think even i would have a go at puting new belt/water pipe/pump on. IMO i think the trickiest part would probably the V belt....i dont know on the 2.5TD but its probably got an automatic belt tensioner. You would have to lever this to give you the most slack when putting the belt on (3 handed job!) But im sure a diesel expert can advise you.
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When i fill the coolant tank it just gushes straight out, it's not visible where from when looking under the bonnet. From looking underneath it's somewhere around the v-belt area (sorry i can't be more precise) I'll try and get it to a garage soon. I don't have any tools or anything to attempt the job.

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Water pump bearings will have failed and hence the leak, common on these power plants, it will have thrown teh multi V belt as a result.

The waterpumps are about 35 quid from memory (I used to get them from Euro car parts....)

And are pain to change because the straight six is so close to the rad...
 

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Hi guys
I've just been down to the local BMW specialist and for a Alternator belt & water pump (pattern parts) and labour will be about £125. The guy reckons it'll take about 1 1/4 hours to do but could take a bit less.
Does this sound ok ?
 
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