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Old 11-25-2011, 07:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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is you engine done especially on a Ford Taurus 1996 3.0l V6 OHV Vulcan
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Old 11-25-2011, 07:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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is you engine done especially on a Ford Taurus 1996 3.0l V6 OHV Vulcan
Depends on how hot and how long it was driven. I am a gauge watcher and have never driven far after a belt failure. If you went 20 or 30 miles and did not notice it you could be in trouble. TELL us more about the actual details of the hypothetical questions. Will I live long enough to type another comment?? Just saying!
If you noticed it quickly you could drain and change oil, check fluids, put on another belt and see if you have blown head gaskets or what ever. More info, better guesses!
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No. It's not like a timing belt. If the serp belt breaks, you will probably hear some noises and loose your power steering, alternator charge, water pump, etc. But that's it's In most cases you just put a new belt on and you're good to go. Mind you check your pullies and tensioner for possible damage or being the cause of the belt breaking.

EDIT: Agreed with above post. I never thought of the possibility of it being driving long after breaking. If it broke and you stopped right away, then you'd be fine. If driving till overheated, then you could be looking at some repairs.
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because everything is powered by the belt, I would expect that one would IMMEDIATLY know the belt broke, and stop the car within a few hundred feet (if you were on the highway), there would be no problem.
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I guess the worst thing about the broken serpentine belt is the water pump failure. Now you've go no circulation and you're headed for an overheat situation and maybe a cracked block!

But when that belt breaks, you should see idiots lights appearing on your instrument cluster (charging system, for one ... maybe power steering failure if it's hydraulic?). Plus, you'd notice problems with your steering (if hydraulic), temperature gauge rising (maybe some warning bells indicating the engine is getting too hot).

This is why it's a good idea to get in the habit of noticing if your "idiot" lights are functioning properly each time you start the car. Turn the key slowly, look for all the warning lights to illuminate, then start the car. It's rare that these lights fail, but if they do, you want to get them fixed ASAP.
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I just recently got a gatorback serpentine belt for my 00 vulcan for a great price from xpress_auto_parts on ebay!!

It fits perfectly and works great.

Just be sure to research the correct belt # before ordering!!
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Its times like this I like my Gen4 Duratec. The water pump is driven off of the cam, not the serpentine belt. Yes i'll loose the alt & power steering, but I can still make it home.
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is you engine done especially on a Ford Taurus 1996 3.0l V6 OHV Vulcan
My daughter in a '92 Essex, idler pulley came off and lost the belt. She drove a couple miles to a garage. They replaced the pulley, belt, topped off the coolant. She then drove on and a few miles it literally blew up.

Good belts, are very important.

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It literally blew up?

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