Coming home on the 202 San Tan today and Check Gauges/Check Engine light came on, then started getting liquid spray on the windshield. Watched the temp gauge quickly rise into the red. Immediately pulled off and shut it down, also noticed the power steering went out as well.
The serpentine belt was shredded, caused by the idler pulley freezing up and breaking off. I sat there for about 30 minutes and let it cool off, then started it up and drove it about 300 yards off the freeway to a parking lot. Got someone to take me to Autozone and got the pulley and belt, fixed it and got home. Not too bad, could have been 156 degrees outside....
Now, when I turn on the AC, I get a loud screeching sound, sounds like it is the belt. It gets better when I tightened the tension, but how tight should I have it?
The Autozone guy said this pulley is a normal Jeep problem and when I seen the made in China bearing in the replacement, cannot help to think this problem will happen again and again! Suggestions on better quality pulleys?
ALSO, after the fix, on my way home, the head lights dimmed and flickered as I got off the freeway! did some searches on flickering Jeep head lights and quickly narrowed it down to the light switch as it was hot to the touch. Will get a replacement switch tomorrow.
Not by no means getting discouraged and I know this will probably not be the last - I got rather use to this fix, repair, replace mode with my vette and I just about fixed, repaired and replaced ever part on it in the last 6 years. But then I got board with it as everything was done.... now I got a new thang to spent my money on.