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Old 07-04-2019, 01:29 PM   #1
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My truck shed all of its belts this morning. No Power steering, no water pump, etc. Can I fill the radiator and drive it 3 blocks to the shop? Safely?
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Old 07-04-2019, 01:47 PM   #2
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I wouldn't, you have no circulation of water. It won take long to get too hot. Tow it.
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Assuming it's a long 3 blocks - Grab a bicycle and a backpack and ride the 3 blocks to shop or parts house, pickup belts and come back to install? A short 3 blocks without stops it may make it before the thermostat starts opening, but I'm not sure I would risk it without some water flow.
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2nd on Sealark....I wouldn't......tow it and minimize the damage... it shred several belts?
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My truck shed all of its belts this morning. No Power steering, no water pump, etc. Can I fill the radiator and drive it 3 blocks to the shop? Safely?
The big unknown is why did they come off?

If one broke from old age and got the under the others causing them to fly off then drive it.

If something locked up and they flew off tow it.

I personally would drive it 3 blocks if the radiator is full.
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Old 07-04-2019, 03:16 PM   #6
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Walk 3 blocks, buy a serpentine belt, walk three blocks back.
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Old 07-04-2019, 03:53 PM   #7
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It’s not a belt issue, it’s a pulley, start checking idler, water pump, power steering, alternator, turn off the a/c and check that, one of them is seized up
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What kind on truck? Most modern trucks only has 1 belt that runs everything. 3 blocks ain’t far on a cool engine. If you catch a red light then turn motor off
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It would not bother me to do it if it is a short trip with few to no stops. Since you are retired I would choose the least busy travel time in your parts.
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Open the radiator cap as well. No pressure build up. Find the culprit first and save a 2nd trip.

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