I drive a 2006 Cobalt SS (not supercharged) with the 2.4L engine.
Today my serpentine belt broke. I need to get the car into the shop this week for a different problem. I'm fairly confident that I can get a new belt on without too much trouble, but I do have a few questions.
I got the car in late 2005/early 2006. It has almost 100,000 miles on it and the belt has never been changed, so it seems plausible that the belt was simply old and worn out.
From everything I've read so far it seems that the next most likely cause is that some pulley (either the tensioner, alternator, or compressor) has seized up, eventually resulting in the breakage of the belt.
If the problem is just the belt, no big deal. Fixed by replacing the belt. The question is how can I diagnose the other possibilities?
Also, if I find that one of the pulleys has seized up, should I attempt to drive it to the shop (about 2 miles) or should I have it towed in?
Thanks in advance!