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Pulling off the highway I lost power steering. When I stopped to check I had antifreeze steadily leaking and the serpentine belt was off track. Will a bad water pump cause the belt to jump? What else should I be looking for? Thanks for any feedback.
The serpentine belt runs a lot! Your alternator, water pump, power steering pump,radiator pulley AC and also has an automatic tensioner, idler pulley and of course the crankshaft pulley. If your belt broke you will NOT have brakes, or like you said power steering etc.. . The truck will run but it is not safe for multiple reason like overheating etc.. My belt broke in my yard 50 yards from the garage. I started the trick and carefully drove it in. Parked it and then bought a new gates HD belt, new water pump and also I found that the idler pulley (small pulley on the top of the belt routing) was bad. Replaced all 3 and been good ever since. Hope this helps. Good luck!
2004.5 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 SLT Laramie Auto transmission 5.9 Cummins turbo diesel. 4" turbo back straight pipe. 5" X series Rough Country suspension lift, Dual stabilizers, steering box brace, with 37x12.50x17 BF Goodrich mud terrain T/A Km2.
My serpentine just jumped off for a second time last night - Same issue both times = water pump failure. You can wiggle the water pump probably an inch in any direction. Was a third party replacement, but a somewhat easy fix.
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