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Car fault, is it safe to drive car with alternator problem?

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My daughter has just phoned to say the car battery light has come on and the steering is heavy. Is it safe to drive like this, for say an hour to get home. Also I think its the alternator what is the… Read More
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suspended6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
My daughter has just phoned to say the car battery light has come on and the steering is heavy. Is it safe to drive like this, for say an hour to get home. Also I think its the alternator what is the cost any ideas?
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1 Like #1
what car is it ? if the alt light has come on & the power steering is heavy, then the alt/power steering belt has broken.I wouldnt advise driving it as the belt may run the water pump as well.

Edited By: richp on Apr 13, 2011 18:33
#2
^^ this wraps it up well, mine snapped at around 70mph, car full of smoke, engine overheated within half a mile.

Edited By: greg_68 on Apr 13, 2011 18:36
suspended#3
Vauxhall astra. She is forty miles from home. She needs to empty college room and get home. What would breakdown do in this situation.
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bluebindy123
Vauxhall astra. She is forty miles from home. She needs to empty college room and get home. What would breakdown do in this situation.


Fix it roadside (more than likely) or tow her home or garage depending on type of cover, ask her to give them and ring, they will advise best.


Edited By: greg_68 on Apr 13, 2011 18:39
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greg_68
bluebindy123
Vauxhall astra. She is forty miles from home. She needs to empty college room and get home. What would breakdown do in this situation.


Tow her home or garage depending on type of cover, ask her to give them and ring, they will advise best.


as Greg says, its dependent on cover & also if its a straight forward snapped belt & not a broken idler pulley or broken tensioner they may carry a belt on board & be able to replace it.
1 Like #6
waterpump is on the cambelt on the corsa
so as long as the battery holds out she should be fine to drive if she has no road side assitance
2 Likes #7
It would be both dangerous and irresponsible to drive a car without the power steering working (as well as maybe being hard work if not impossible)
suspended#8
I am covered by autonational so she will call them tomorrow. Any idea if its the alternator or steering belt. Costs anyone?
banned 1 Like #9
greg_68
It would be both dangerous and irresponsible to drive a car without the power steering working (as well as maybe being hard work if not impossible)


What a load of rubbish. It's perfectly possible to drive without power steering as long as you drive accordingly.

However, battery light. AND no PS suggests the auxiliary belt has gone which could well be powering cooling systems. DO NOT DRIVE

Gimme ur daughters deets and I'll go pick her up ;)
#10
Belt would pounds, alternator could be £100-200 if having it fitted and dependant on type (new, recon etc), difficult to say until you know whats wrong with the car, I'd go for belt though.
#11
vibeone
greg_68
It would be both dangerous and irresponsible to drive a car without the power steering working (as well as maybe being hard work if not impossible)


What a load of rubbish. It's perfectly possible to drive without power steering as long as you drive accordingly.

However, battery light. AND no PS suggests the auxiliary belt has gone which could well be powering cooling systems. DO NOT DRIVE

Gimme ur daughters deets and I'll go pick her up ;)


have you drove a car any distance with no power steering?
banned#12
Yes - a 1.6 astra. Similar problem. I'd imagine the op's daughters car is also considerably smaller and lighter.

Not suggesting she should drive it (for the reasons stated) but just wanted to assure you you were talking bobbins

I was gonna go down the route of cars without powersteering but to be fair there are plenty of holes to pick in that argument.

But seriously - you're wrong.
suspended#13
The car is astra estate 1.6 1997 so its getting old now. It does not have full power steering. May be its time for her to go.
1 Like #14
new belt is about £10-£20
opps I had it in my head it was a cosra
but cooling is still on cam


Edited By: djnaff on Apr 13, 2011 19:01
banned#15
bluebindy123
The car is astra estate 1.6 1997 so its getting old now. It does not have full power steering. May be its time for her to go.


Haha that's actually the exact same car I drove without power steering. Same year even. Still, don't risk it in case the belt has snapped. I it rid of the car a lOng time ago so couldn't tell you if the aux does anything else
#16
OT slightly but I assume if you were breakdown covered you'd have to pay for the belt, what sort of prices do they charge for roadside fixes including parts, are they a rip off or fair?
#17
your daughter or the car? :)
bluebindy123
May be its time for her to go.



Edited By: dt_matthews on Apr 13, 2011 19:15
1 Like #18
It can be more dangerous with broken power steering compared to no power steering, because the steering racks are geared differently normally... A car with no power steering will have a lower geared steering rack normally. It may be 3x heavier than no power steering with broken power steering... If she's a small girl, she'd struggle, especially at roundabouts!

But yes, don't drive, you don't want it to overheat, it'll cost alot more than a new belt!
#19
greg_68
vibeone
greg_68
It would be both dangerous and irresponsible to drive a car without the power steering working (as well as maybe being hard work if not impossible)

What a load of rubbish. It's perfectly possible to drive without power steering as long as you drive accordingly.

However, battery light. AND no PS suggests the auxiliary belt has gone which could well be powering cooling systems. DO NOT DRIVE

Gimme ur daughters deets and I'll go pick her up ;)

have you drove a car any distance with no power steering?
eeerr yes iam old enough to have driven cars before power steering was invented... : (
1 Like #20
see post 20, I couldn't be bothered to explain that a power steered car is not just the normal car with a bit bolted on, they are completely different. Just because cars never used to have it on doesn't mean that cars with it but where it doesn't work doesn't makes it just like a none power steering car.
suspended#21
dt_matthews
your daughter or the car? :)
bluebindy123
May be its time for her to go.




Both I think, cost me a lot of money!

Thank you for all your responses
1 Like #22
You said, we all thought it. after all, she's a young woman with a car and the bank of mum and dad to bail her out... I can feel a Monty Python sketch coming on;

'When I were a lad...'

bluebindy123
dt_matthews
your daughter or the car? :)
bluebindy123
May be its time for her to go.




Both I think, cost me a lot of money!

Thank you for all your responses




Edited By: dt_matthews on Apr 13, 2011 19:58
#23
greg_68
It would be both dangerous and irresponsible to drive a car without the power steering working (as well as maybe being hard work if not impossible)


depends, my power steering died, and i had to drive it to the garage 20 miles away, that was actually quite easy on main roads, you wouldn't notice it had gone. it was only the small junctions and roundabouts it was stiff.
#24
DADOF7
greg_68
vibeone
greg_68
It would be both dangerous and irresponsible to drive a car without the power steering working (as well as maybe being hard work if not impossible)


What a load of rubbish. It's perfectly possible to drive without power steering as long as you drive accordingly.

However, battery light. AND no PS suggests the auxiliary belt has gone which could well be powering cooling systems. DO NOT DRIVE

Gimme ur daughters deets and I'll go pick her up ;)


have you drove a car any distance with no power steering?

eeerr yes iam old enough to have driven cars before power steering was invented... : (


a car which never had power steering would be many times better to drive than a car with faulty power steering.
banned#25
greg_68
see post 20, I couldn't be bothered to explain that a power steered car is not just the normal car with a bit bolted on, they are completely different. Just because cars never used to have it on doesn't mean that cars with it but where it doesn't work doesn't makes it just like a none power steering car.


If you bothered to read my post, you will see I stay I discounted that argument before it was mentioned. However, the fact remains, you were talking rubbish. It's easily possible to drive a car with BROKEN power steering safely.
#26
I just had a battery replaced by the RAC at the roadside it cost £72 fitted and it came with a price promise that if you found the same cheaper within seven days they would refund it. Seemed fair enough

greg_68
OT slightly but I assume if you were breakdown covered you'd have to pay for the belt, what sort of prices do they charge for roadside fixes including parts, are they a rip off or fair?
#27
mosskeeto
I just had a battery replaced by the RAC at the roadside it cost £72 fitted and it came with a price promise that if you found the same cheaper within seven days they would refund it. Seemed fair enough

greg_68
OT slightly but I assume if you were breakdown covered you'd have to pay for the belt, what sort of prices do they charge for roadside fixes including parts, are they a rip off or fair?


didnt know about a price promise? They quoted me £150 for my diesel battery! Even though it was more hassle to do, I said no and got a lift to local retailer and paid 1/3rd of the price.
banned#28
splatsplatsplat
mosskeeto
I just had a battery replaced by the RAC at the roadside it cost £72 fitted and it came with a price promise that if you found the same cheaper within seven days they would refund it. Seemed fair enough

greg_68
OT slightly but I assume if you were breakdown covered you'd have to pay for the belt, what sort of prices do they charge for roadside fixes including parts, are they a rip off or fair?


didnt know about a price promise? They quoted me £150 for my diesel battery! Even though it was more hassle to do, I said no and got a lift to local retailer and paid 1/3rd of the price.


£150?!
mine was £70 for the top end one in halfords, and around £40 with tradeclub card.
#29
vibeone
greg_68
It would be both dangerous and irresponsible to drive a car without the power steering working (as well as maybe being hard work if not impossible)

What a load of rubbish. It's perfectly possible to drive without power steering as long as you drive accordingly.

However, battery light. AND no PS suggests the auxiliary belt has gone which could well be powering cooling systems. DO NOT DRIVE

Gimme ur daughters deets and I'll go pick her up ;)

you dirty man, this man is genuinely asking for help and you treat him like this, shame on you.

Dont drive if the water pump is connected. Streering is not a problem, it will be tight but a workout is not a bad thing. Only problem is if its in the evening, the the lights wont be on for long nor will she be able to drive very far ( if petrol).

Vibeone......can i please come with you lol
suspended#30
Rupz
vibeone
greg_68
It would be both dangerous and irresponsible to drive a car without the power steering working (as well as maybe being hard work if not impossible)


What a load of rubbish. It's perfectly possible to drive without power steering as long as you drive accordingly.

However, battery light. AND no PS suggests the auxiliary belt has gone which could well be powering cooling systems. DO NOT DRIVE

Gimme ur daughters deets and I'll go pick her up ;)


you dirty man, this man is genuinely asking for help and you treat him like this, shame on you.

Dont drive if the water pump is connected. Streering is not a problem, it will be tight but a workout is not a bad thing. Only problem is if its in the evening, the the lights wont be on for long nor will she be able to drive very far ( if petrol).

Vibeone......can i please come with you lol


And no you can't

Actually I'm a lady, well sometimes!!!
#31
how did your daughter get on ?
suspended#32
It is the fan belt but college could not fix it today, she on her way back home through recovery service and it is booked into the garage tomorrow to get fixed. I am so glad it wasn't the alternator. I know she is old but I'm she just last a little longer, but dont want to through good money when she aint worth it anymore.

Thanks for asking.

Edited By: bluebindy123 on Apr 14, 2011 18:19

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