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New member first day nightmare Help!!

luv2xlr8

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Hi all

I'm new first post, sadly I'm rushed to get to the point as I just bought a 02 996 carrera 4s, loved the whole day....

Until My oil sensor said low oil, I stopped at a friends and topped up. Got back into the car and the battery light was on. Immediately I crapped myself and thought alternator, but I also had no power steering. Got home to have a look at it and it looks the pulley over the alternator has come off! :0

Now I'm laying in bed first night worrying what to do

Has anyone had this issue?
What other things are attached to this pulley - have a damaged anything?
Can I drive to a local garage to get it repaired if I can't fix it?

Please help :(
 
You should not drive anymore and replace pulley and probably belt. The water pump is also connected so your engine will not be cooled properly if you now start.
If you had stopped immediately as you described nothing seriously should had happened.
 
Belts runs: Alternator, water pump, a/c compressor, power steering pump.

Water pump being your biggest worry.

Your engine has virtually zero cooling without the water pump.
 
Also FYI Bennets have a How to change the aux belt vid on You Tube.
It looks very easy.

Removal of Airbox is ultra easy too.

It really should be a simple DIY job for anyone so no panic just yet :)
 
Fatbloater said:
Also FYI Bennets have a How to change the aux belt vid on You Tube.
It looks very easy.

Removal of Airbox is ultra easy too.

It really should be a simple DIY job for anyone so no panic just yet :)

Is that Bentley's? As in this vid? :thumb:

 
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Remove Polyrib Belt

Tools you will need:
13 mm socket or spanner (for airbox)
Flathead screwdriver (for airbox jubilee clips)
24 mm socket or spanner (for belt pulley)


Method:

1.Remove airbox.

2.Mark belt travel direction with a pen (if you intend to reuse it).
Note: Never remove Polyrib belt when warm. The belt will deform and could be damaged.

3.Turn the tensioning roller 7 on the socket (24 mm) clockwise and simultaneously remove the belt from the drive pulleys.

4.Visually inspect the condition of the belt and replace it if necessary. Check belt pulley for damage.

5.(Re)install Polyrib belt in the order shown. (new ones are only £20-30)

6.Twist the tensioning roller 7 clockwise and simultaneously place the belt on the idler pulley 8. Subsequently relieve the tensioning roller slowly.

7.Visually check whether the belt is correctly positioned on all pulleys (ie sitting in correct groves).

8.Reinstall the airbox

10. Run engine and check belts again


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Hi everyone

thanks very much for the responses feel much better. I think I could def do the above, but after speaking to a few garages this morning in under the impression if the belt has come off there must be a reason.

So being my 2nd day of ownership should I do the above and fix it myself or drop it to a garage and see if there's a bigger problem?

Thanks in advance once this gets solved I will be posting abit about me and my story to becoming a Porsche owner :)
 
luv2xlr8 said:
Hi everyone

thanks very much for the responses feel much better. I think I could def do the above, but after speaking to a few garages this morning in under the impression if the belt has come off there must be a reason.

So being my 2nd day of ownership should I do the above and fix it myself or drop it to a garage and see if there's a bigger problem?

Thanks in advance once this gets solved I will be posting abit about me and my story to becoming a Porsche owner :)

Just DO NOT drive it at all without this belt fitted. If it overheats then your engine could be severely damaged. Take the air box off the car then post up a few pics on here.

On rare situations the pulley jockey wheel can fail, taking the belt with it but usually neither causes any major issues.......unlike driving it with a failed belt.
 
So being my 2nd day of ownership should I do the above and fix it myself or drop it to a garage and see if there's a bigger problem?

Not under its own power please :hand: :hand:
 
Have a crack at it. There is nothing like getting to know your own car.
It will break you're Duck anyway and things won't seem so daunting after that.
 
Silly question maybe but, do you have a warranty? If so use it. Get the seller to arrange to have it lifted and brought in. If it was a private sale then obvioulsy there won't be a warranty - so I'm guessing this was a private sale.

How comfortable do you feel mechanically? If you are not sure, I'd forget attempting it yourself. Diagrams etc. make it look simple - but I wouldn't touch my car if this had happened to me.

Next question, do you have a breakdown cover policy that includes Recovery and Home Start? If so, you can call them out and have it taken to a specialist.

You cannot drive it because the belt drives a lot of other parts - the most important being the water pump and the power steering pump. With a rear engine and front rads, there is no capacity to cool the engine - that is why a water pump failure can be catastrophic.

Not a pleasant experience for you. Please let us know how you get on.
 
Hi all

Oh worked on a few cars, just got in from work, got the airbox off and it looks like this

all pulleys are moving freely. Maybe the belt got hold and and expanded and came lose when I pulled on it?

Going to put the belt back on and see. If it fits and starts how can I check that everything is working like the water pump?

I have attached a picture from my phone too
 
As far as I know, you ned to release the idler pulley to get the belt off. If it came off without doing that, then there is a faulty belt, but what caused it to become so loose?
The water pump is working when the belt is spinning it.
 
Ok guys belt is back on, air box on, starts oil pressure is between 1-2 on first click and between 4-5 on start up.

But now my abs and Psm lights are on and dash is saying go to workshop, I did exactly as above didnt touch anything else, car was charging of a 1.2 petrol for 30 mins tops to add some charge to the dead battery,

What's wrong with my car :(
 
Ok I disconnected the battery for 10 mins and started again. All sense to be working fine with no warning signs.

:D

thanks everyone who posted to help! Im so grateful to you all, especially being a new member and first posts.

Thank u thank u thank u!

I found a small crack in the oil filler pipe, I think oil dripped through onto the belt and when I went to start it popped off,

all good now
 

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