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Old 11-20-2012, 12:08 PM   #1
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Default Could a parking lot accident have damaged front-side drive belt?

My car (2008 WRX) was parked in a restaurant lot and was hit by somebody backing out of their spot that was perpendicular to mine. They hit the right rear-quarter panel, then took off. A couple awesome bystanders saw it happen and followed the guy so they could get his plates and then came back to the restaurant, told the waitstaff who called the cops and found me. When I went out to look at the car, the rear bumper had about fallen off and the steel quarter panel where it meets the bumper was bashed in hard. I also noticed that it looked like the car had been moved by the impact. It appeared the damage was all cosmetic, but later that evening when I started to back out of a parking spot and had the wheel cut all the way over, something in the front of the car started to squeal. This was the first time I've ever heard it. Turns out it's the front side drive belt, which connects to the power steering pump. It's clearly frayed now. Is it possible this was caused by the accident? I just had the car in at the dealer less than a week before the accident for a check engine light and they replaced the same belt due to wear.
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:28 PM   #2
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Could be possible, but I'm thinking it's more coinsedantle. Those belts are on pretty tight. Usually when belts squeal its due to the fact they aren't tightly put on or it's an old belt that has stretched.

Being that it's a new belt it may not have been tightened properly or very little if that, it would wear the belt out aswell and the possiblty of it coming off is not unheard off.

Stuff like that you can do yourself unless it's under warranty of some kind. Get the car fixed and bring it back. Keep the belt with you. It's going to be harder to turn but that's about it. Otherwise go get a $10-20 belt and put it on yourself.
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