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It sounds to me like it was just worn out. You should be able to turn the alternator and a/c compressor pulleys by hand. I'd replace the tensioner if it hasn't been done already anyway, and with a new tensioner, fitting a new belt should be fairly easy* as you can fit it with the tensioner un-tensioned. However, if the auxiliary belt hasn't been changed ...


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Most water pumps are designed with a weep hole.This is a small hole that leaks a small amount of antifreeze just before the water pump fails.Most of the time the leak is just above the crankshaft pulley.When you shut off the car the pressure in the cooling system forces some coolant out this hole and it drips onto the pulley and is transfered to the ...


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First, check your weep hole as per mike's answer. I'm a bit doubtful, though, because if it's leaking enough to be wet in the morning I would expect a puddle of some kind. I would also expect a squeal on hot starts. Squealing on a cold start on older cars is usually an accessory belt that has lost tension, especially if it momentarily comes back when the ...


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So, bear with me on this and maybe I can help. Mind you, none of what I'm going to say is going to be easy to do, but that is because your issue is not an easy one to solve. The main problems I see here with any solution is alignment and distance from any mounting point I can discern. My main thought here is you need to get the alternator connected back to ...


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Off the top of my head this sounds like either your serpentine belt is going bad and/or one of the idler pulleys has got a bad bearing. If you are losing antifreeze that is indicative of a leak somewhere. Could be anywhere in the system. I would check your oil and make sure that you don't see any antifreeze in there. Also look under the car where you ...


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It's quite possible it just broke due to age and wear. I have personally experienced that when the belt wasn't replaced on schedule. If you were in the vehicle when it broke the belt, I'd be surprised if you wouldn't have heard loud unpleasant noises or felt something if it broke due to something seizing up. If it just broke, all you would have noticed ...


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I hate to answer my own question but did eventually figure it out. Here are the more complete steps to swap the belt: Prerequisite: locate a belt diagram or draw your own before starting. Remove the plastic engine cover using 10mm ratchet - this will allow easier access to the tensioner / belt on the left side of the engine. Find the bolt head that is ...


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The closest I've seen to problems with the tensioner assembly is oil leaking: http://www.paulstravelpictures.com/Toyota-Corolla-Timing-Chain-Tensioner-Oil-Leak-Repair-Guide/ If the Toyota service shop already repaired it, I would have a conversation with the manager about what he/she thinks they might have done wrong during the first repair to make the ...


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The fact that the CO didn't know about the low coolant level was low worries me. It could be leaking coolant when warm (when the pressure is high enough to squeeze through a pinhole, or whatever), or the engine is burning a small amount of coolant. This could be a head gasket or intake gasket(s). One thing to be sure of is that you are reading the correct ...


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Are they both the originally installed parts? The only way this can be true is if at one point you installed a non-OEM part that altered the way they fit together. I have replaced plenty of belt driven parts, and never replaced any other items, unless they were altered at one point or another. The compressor is usually locked in place, so this is hard to ...



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