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Old 11-27-2010, 04:28 AM
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I just started my truck up & the belt snapped, I'm about twenty min from home. Do you think I can make it home? It's about +2 maybe less.
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Yikes, that sucks! All I can tell ya from my personal experience, and I am NOT a mechanic mind you, but I came very close to having that happen with my Jeep and what I was told is that you can do it for a short distance, although it is not recommended. Too far and you're gonna run hot, lose power steering etc., but good luck and sure hope you get it fixed soon! Let us know how you make out!

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Old 11-27-2010, 08:49 AM
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I wouldn't try it. You'll likely overheat the engine and trying to drive without power steering couold cause an accident.
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I will just echo, what others have said.....No. Overheating and lack of powersteering are just two issues. It wouls suck to have an accident for the lack of a $60 belt.
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Depending on what time it is, you might just want to call a friend to bring you a belt. Not worth taking the chance IMO. I was up in the boonies of NC once, and Advance Auto in Bryson City brought me one on the side of the road. He even brought the tool for the tensioner, in case I didn't have it.
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I guess my ac went that's what caused the belt to snap.
Well I drove to Lordco, and the kid in there looked up the belt, I tried to explain that I needed a shorter belt because now I needed to bypass the ac.
He said I needed some sort of conversion kit to bypass it, after arguing for 20 min I made him come outside & look @ the diagram of the belt route that shows with ac & without ac.
Try to explain that they wouldn't show the alternative route if you needed to buy an after market kit to go that route, he still insisted I did.

So I put the old broken belt on through the new route, and eyeballed the overlap @ about 8 inches, went back in told the kid I needed a belt about 8 inches shorter, he says "oh..we do things by measurements" I reply by sayin' "What I thought it went buy weighing goats" he didn't think that was funny, everyone else did. Told him to look up the length of the normal one & pick one about 8 inches shorter.

So after about 45 min, I buy the belt I think will work.
Buy it, go outside in the snow & try to put it on.
It is about 4 inches to long, go back in to trade & have to go to two diff counters, & fill out paperwork to exchange it. Buddy looks up a size a bit bigger on the pc, get it go back into the snow.

This time it is 4 inches to short, so back in to the return line I go.
Fill out the bullshit paperwork again, buddy looks up a new size that is supposed to be just a bit off the last size, repay again.
Go back outside & it's way off, figure something's not right. Check the packaging, it doesn't match the belt.

My friend just showed up, I gotta go to the auto wrecker, I'll continue when I get back
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I've done it before. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do. Turn off everything electric you can, because you're running on the battery. No P/S is no big deal. You just have to hold the wheel tightly and leave yourself plenty of room to go around corners. Engine temperature will be the issue. Watch the gauge, and when it starts getting too hot, you have no choice but to shut it down and wait a while. If you don't have a temperature gauge, then I would have to say don't do it. I've had vehicles that wouldn't go a mile without overheating, but some will go further. I don't know where this engine would fall on that lineup. I did this a couple years ago in another vehicle. The idler pulley cracked in half and shredded the belt. I was just over 20 minutes from home and I made it fine, and that was after the engine was already fully warm.
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timmytard, having worked in parts for a while now, we go through this all the time. First, besides not knowing what he was doing, the poor kid at the parts store should have at least let ya take a couple out there to figure out which one would work, saves them time and paperwork, but second, it's just poor customer service. Don't know how many times I had to take a piece of string or whatever I had out to the vehicle to get an idea what size belt I needed but really, how hard is it to take the broken belt, put it on the counter and take the time to figure it out. Sure hope ya got what you needed!

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Hey, just got back from pick-a-part in chilliwack B.C.
I must say if your anywhere near it, they are much better than lordco imo.
After 2 1/2 hours @ Lordco yesterday, they came to the conclusion that they didn't have the right one.

But that couldn't have worked out better for me in the end.
Instead of paying $65 or so for just the belt. I ended up buying the whole ac unit with all the hoses & the belt for $31.24 with core charge & H.S.T. inc.

hopefully it fits, I haven't got home yet.
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Sounds like a good deal! Don't see why it wouldn't be compatible, what was the donor vehicle? Similar truck to yours?

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