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MetricMonte
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 111
posted April 18, 2005 09:22 AM  
Well my first race out and a couple laps from the end of the feature the car wouldnt turn, figured I had a flat because the track was really rough. Pulled in the infield and set for a minute and then there was another caution so I went off the track, while I was going out I looked and saw my temp gauge was pegged...so I knew right then it wasnt a flat that it was the belts. So I shut it down as soon as I got off the track and took the hood off and sure enough the power steering belt came off and must have took the water pump with it. I know I didnt race like this because it was really hard to steer with no power steering. I'm wondering if I could have done any damage with the temps that high for that short bit of time. After I pulled in and put the belts back on I could touch the rad and even the antifreeze, the engine didnt feel like it had alot of heat coming off it either, everything looked great, oil looked brand new etc...I fired the car back up after the belts were on and loaded it.

Do you think this caused any problems??

By the way the air temps while all this happened were probably mid 30s.

mcwheely
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 8
posted April 18, 2005 10:12 AM  
Same thing happened to me last year at the end of the season. belts came off and run 1 lap at full speed. Temp 280. Let it cool down refilled it and went out about any hour later. Ran great. Took the engine apart in the off season and no problems at all. I was running a felpro 1003 head gasket though. If you are to it should be fine. If not just do a compresion check and you will see if the head gasket is ok. But it should be fine

dm3
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 40
posted April 18, 2005 12:50 PM  
It's a case-by-case situation. Sometimes they survive, some times they don't. I've had them go both ways.

dirtbuster
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 2007
posted April 18, 2005 01:21 PM  
same as above. could go either way.

Id prob retorque the heads, then pressure test the cooling system to see if the head gaskets are still good. Then maybe compression test or leakdown the cylinders to see if one of them got hurt.

dirtbuster
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 2007
posted April 18, 2005 01:22 PM  
oh and definatly change oil, no matter what.

petordragon
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 167
posted April 19, 2005 12:42 PM  
yes change the oil and the belts make sure all your pullies are lined up nothing shaking when reving it up. also i run a belt around water pump and crank get it a little tight for stretch. and get an over temp light

thebomb
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 149
posted April 19, 2005 01:40 PM  
do your gauges have an "idiot" light???? my first year in our pure stock class i just went to the local parts store and got some cheap ones,i ruined a perfectly good motor that way, since then i have allways ran an idiot light, so many things are going on in your head when your racing you dont think to look at the gauges, atleast i forget anyways.

MetricMonte
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 111
posted April 19, 2005 05:17 PM  
No idiot light, apparently I need one....

thebomb
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 149
posted April 19, 2005 07:15 PM  
well worth it, cheaper than a motor, for our street stocks we just get the 2 gauge ones, oil pressure and water temp, without looking in a catalog i think they are around 100 bucks give or take, good luck

racer17j
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Total posts: 5390
posted April 19, 2005 07:17 PM  
I hope my pullies are lined up. It was a new power steering belt and I should have tightened it before the feature, I think it stretched since this was the first time I have ran it. Thanks Guys!

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