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Old 25 Dec 2012, 12:48 am
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Default Why did my car overheat and lose power steering?

Earlier today, I drove it around town like normal and everything was perfectly fine. Then after going home for a few hours I was driving and I noticed it was hard to steer and I heard a squeaky sound and like something was dragging the ground only while moving- not stopped (all gauges normal at this point). Then a few yards later the squeaking stopped and my car had started to overheat- not all the way to the H but close! Then when I went to turn i had to use both arms to turn the car. There was fluid leaking from the front left if facing the car but it was dark so I couldn't tell what color. It's a 2000 Hyundai Elantra. Any help is appreciated. I speak no car terms and really only know how to add fluids. Thank you!
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Old 25 Dec 2012, 01:03 am
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I would say your Serpentine belt broke. That is the main belt that runs on your pulleys. The fluid not sure maybe coolant escaping from the overheated radiator. Did you look under the hood? See any scraps of rubber laying about.
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Old 25 Dec 2012, 01:20 am
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Ur serpentine belt most probobly broke off and if the belt drives the water pump then that's the reason why it started to over heat also ur water pump probobly failed causing the belt to brake off and coolant was dripping becuase of the failed water pump
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Old 25 Dec 2012, 01:34 am
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your belt either broke or fell off. You will still be able to start it. I would get it to a shop asap. If you run too long without ?the belt on your battery will die.
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Old 25 Dec 2012, 01:47 am
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For overheating problem, check your thermostat. Make sure that the coolant is filled, if not that needs to be filled first. Then turn your car on and turn on the ac and see if one of the fans comes on. It would be nice if you check the fuses too. Next you will need to get a test light and make sure you have power to the opposite fan that didn't turn on. If you have power, only two things can be wrong either the fan motor is bad or the coolant temp sensor is bad and not sending signal to turn the fan on when hot.

Worn power steering drive belt could cause for loss of power steering. If the belt is worn, it will slip easier under this condition than in warmer weather, also the belt tensioner may not be proper. If this has a belt adjuster that you can adjust, then the tension may need to be tightened, if it has an automatic belt tensioner(one that adjust tension all the time)like a serpentine belt, then the tensioner may need to be replaced as the spring that crates the tension do get weak over time.
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