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Old 11-05-2012, 10:21 AM   #1
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Default Driving without an accessory belt

If you drive a car without the accessory belts on the car, so no power steering, no alternator and no a.c., other than running on the battery and eventually needing to change batteries to keep going, will there be any permanent damage?


I had an idler pulley seize on the Tribeca and now need to replace the tensioner and can't get one for 3 days and want to get the car home from my friends house in Albany. Thoughts?
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:14 PM   #2
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As long as the battery doesn't die and you can muscle your steering around without power assistance, I think you'll be just fine.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:25 PM   #3
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My friend and I did that on his legacy for ten miles to move the car, only belt we had on was the timing, the battery was dead though after we got back, i'd say a portable battery charger would be good to keep with you.
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:16 PM   #4
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I have a fully charged new battery in the car. Two new off store shelves and my new one out of the other car that's charged. Figure 4 batteries should be enough for 80 miles.
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:31 PM   #5
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I have a fully charged new battery in the car. Two new off store shelves and my new one out of the other car that's charged. Figure 4 batteries should be enough for 80 miles.
Should be fine. Just turn any unnecessary electrical load off. I've driven a car for about an hour on just battery alone.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:26 PM   #6
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Made It safely. First battery went 90 miles and second battery was fine for last 12 miles.
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:28 PM   #7
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Awesome, glad to hear you made it
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:21 AM   #8
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sorry i am a noob to subaru. own hondas for awhile. is the water pump on a different belt?
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:02 AM   #9
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Nope, water pump is one the timing belt, er chain? I'm not sure about the Tribeca
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:23 PM   #10
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I drove cross country with my AC belt off. Other than not having AC in the summer, it was great. The car revved noticeably faster, and my mileage went up by about 3 mpg!
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:46 PM   #11
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The pulley for the AC on my car, was BAD, making noises and wobbling.

Rather than fixing it, I went out with a pair of scissors and cut the belt off.
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:10 PM   #12
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You could burn out your AC compressor. I pulled the belts off of some of my first cars because i never use A/C, but when i put them back on before selling them, i learned a few things. Compressors on some vehicles systematically cycle refrigerant to cool the internals. Burned out 2 compressors that way.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:27 PM   #13
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I didn't know you could burn out AC compressors. That's interesting, and unfortunate.
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:32 PM   #14
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Fortunately for my friends legacy that we never put the belt back on the compressor's already bad
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