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Old 05-01-2013, 12:23 PM   #1
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Shop drove Jeep without a serpentine belt...

Hello all, my 03 is currently at a shop having my gears changed. I went to pick it up, and had no power steering. I pulled back into the parking spot to look under the hood. No belt at all, the tensioner had seized up. They drove it like that for about 20 min right after the new gears were put in. He said it didn't overheat while he was driving, just thought I didn't have any power steering.

My question is this... Do you think this could have caused any major damage? I'm supposed to go pick it up later this evening. I appreciate any comments/advice that you can give.

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Old 05-01-2013, 12:58 PM   #2
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It isn't likely that they did any damage to the engine but, by all means, they should have told you before they ever drove it!

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Old 05-01-2013, 01:00 PM   #3
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Thank you... I don't know a whole lot about that kind of stuff. I can weld and do pretty much anything non engine related, lol. Still learning, thanks for the info.
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They drove it like that for about 20 min right after the new gears were put in. He said it didn't overheat while he was driving
20 minutes with no water pump and it didn't overheat? That is a bit difficult to believe.

I had a belt break (due to a pulley failure) in a Cherokee. I was close to home and tried to drive it home; overheated in less than 1/4 mile.
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:13 PM   #5
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I would document on the ticket that is was driven without a belt and hold them responsible for any damage. make them sign the ticket. You need some kind of documentation to CYA.
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20 minutes with no water pump and it didn't overheat? That is a bit difficult to believe.

I had a belt break (due to a pulley failure) in a Cherokee. I was close to home and tried to drive it home; overheated in less than 1/4 mile.
I seriously hope there's no damage. I just sank $2100 into a new rear axle + regeared the front. This things gotta last til next tax season, lol
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I would document on the ticket that is was driven without a belt and hold them responsible for any damage. make them sign the ticket. You need some kind of documentation to CYA.
That's great advise, thank you.
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That belt just didn't let go sittin' there with the engine off. Someone had to be running it when it let go. If it wasn't you when you brought it in, then it must have let go on their test drive which would lead me to believe that it probably didn't run that long without the water pump.
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Old 05-01-2013, 04:19 PM   #9
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The fact he drove it without a belt at all would scare the he!! out of me. My jeep takes about 5 min to get up to temp, in 20 it would be boiling over. Be very cautious on this one.
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I would be worried about the gear job if they drove it without a belt and said they didn't know . It is a shame you Pay good money for a job and the people just do not take any pride in their work Just out for a paycheck .
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Old 05-01-2013, 04:53 PM   #11
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20 minutes?
If it's not toast now it will be... and sooner than it should be.
They owe you a new engine but will be tuff to prove unless they'd have seized it... or blew the head gasket... or warped the head... or whatever while on their 20 minute joyride.
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:43 PM   #12
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Alternator light should have lit up as soon as the belt let loose, not to mention the temp gauge should have been pegging after 4 or 5 minutes unless it got Midwest cold in Florida. If it overheated it should have thrown a code. Perhaps there is a Jeeper in your area that is handy with a wrench that is willing to go there with you when you go to pick it up. Don't just give these guy's a pass on this.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:40 PM   #13
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Thanks for all of the information, I didn't go pick it up today, I'm freaking out a bit now.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:45 PM   #14
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Have them make a note on the work order that they drove it without a belt. Then buy yourself a belt, check your pulleys, alternator, power steering, etc. to make sure something else isn't wrong. Slap the new belt on and drive it. See if any damage was done.

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