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Old 23rd February 2008
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Default Serpentine belt broke, oil everywhere

on the highway, pulled over as soon as possible but oil was spraying off the back of the engine....

Engine starts and runs without vibration but what happened?

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Sounds like your oil pump blew up to me. Don't start your engine until you have pinpointed the problem.
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Sounds like your oil pump blew up to me. Don't start your engine until you have pinpointed the problem.
+1 Yikes .
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Sounds like your oil pump blew up to me. Don't start your engine until you have pinpointed the problem.
That's a terribly uncommon thing, more likely the failed belt took out an oil cooler line when it snapped. I concur on the don't drive it, if you pulled over and stopped as quickly as you said it should be repairable.
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thanks for the answers. The thing was it just had its 60,000 mile . the belt had less than 5000 miles on it! But I did not notice an increase in temp (Thanks to cold Michigan winters) and the car starts right up like it always - no clanking or pinging sound from the enbgine... just a gosh darn lot of oil...

I had just changed the oil last Thursday too! What a waste of perfectly good oil all of the Detroit highway...

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wait for my best mate Danny95, he just done the same on his Aero without any oil loss, it was the idler roller for the drive belt, cost here in Uk about 40
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That's a terribly uncommon thing, more likely the failed belt took out an oil cooler line when it snapped. I concur on the don't drive it, if you pulled over and stopped as quickly as you said it should be repairable.
True, and the fact that it seems to be pumping out oil under pressure, that would make more sense. However, are there oil lines that are under pressure on the back side of the engine where he says it's spraying from?
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My last DIY oil change I didn't notice that the rubber gasket from the old oil filter was stuck to the housing. When I put the new one on there were two gaskets. On starting the engine there was a very impressive spray of oil everywhere. Fortunately there were many leaves on the ground to soak it up. But here the oil cooler lines sound more likely.
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[QUOTE=born again]My last DIY oil change I didn't notice that the rubber gasket from the old oil filter was stuck to the housing. When I put the new one on there were two gaskets. QUOTE]

Very interesting...NEver heard of this, but quite plausible.
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My last DIY oil change I didn't notice that the rubber gasket from the old oil filter was stuck to the housing. When I put the new one on there were two gaskets.
Very interesting...NEver heard of this, but quite plausible.
This happened where I work. Ended up destroying the engine. The two rubber gaskets allow oil to spray out everywhere, pretty unfortunate. If this happened, the serpentine belt breaking may have saved your engine simply by getting your attention. However, I'm willing to bet that it has something to do with your belt snapping. I'm still guessing that the oil pump seized which put strain on the belt and caused it to snap.
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Anyone here hear of a power steering pump failure...

It seized, blew fluid all over the serpentine, and took out an oil line on the back of the engine....

What a mess and 1500 USD later...

Thanks for all the help though... Has anyone heard of a P/S pump failing?
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Mine has made noises from a lack of fluid. Where did the fluid go ???? No idea.


The fluid both is the hydraulic fluid for the steering but also lubricates the pump. So if you ran out of fluid, your pump may have indeed seized up. Was yous power steering making strange sounds before this hapened? Was it causing your enginge to change rpms when you went to turn your wheel?
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I had a power steering pump go on a '91 Vauxhall astra 2.0l. Was quite impressive, started it, drove it out the garage, closed the garage and when I turned round it was like something from an old Dr Who episode!! Huge amounts of red/orange foam all under the car!! And they wanted nearly 700 for a new one!! Got a secondhand one in the end for less than a tenth of the price! And you thought Saab parts were silly money!
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Mine has made noises from a lack of fluid. Where did the fluid go ???? No idea.
Ditto here. No visible leak.

I got more of the special pentosin fluid ($20 if memory serves) at NAPA and haven't looked back.

Big thanks to this forum for pointing me to the fact that it needed special fluid and not ATF and that I could find it a NAPA (other parts store guys looked at me like I was asking for Dodo eggs).
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Default Serp belt broke PS pump out

So it seems the power steering pump seized? Anyone hear of this before? It took out the belt and two lines on the back of the engine... I shut it down right away so I don't think any oil starvation issues but is a failed power steering pump normal?

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So it seems the power steering pump seized? Anyone hear of this before? It took out the belt and two lines on the back of the engine... I shut it down right away so I don't think any oil starvation issues but is a failed power steering pump normal?

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No, it's not normal, but it usually happens when the pump is starved of PS fluid.
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