Hello all. I have an Atomic 4 that has been well maintained, consistently, since 1974 (I have all the records since 1980) but last week when I was motoring the drive belt that runs from the alternator
to the water
pump frayed and almost broke. I turned the engine
off as soon as I heard something odd and quickly went below to examine what went wrong. Here is what I saw:
1) The drive belt mentioned above was about to break and barely held together.
2) A fair amount of steam was coming from the exhaust
, along with the water
that was being pumped out from the engine
3) The temperature gauge rocketed up very high, past 200 up to 225 or so.
Now, here's the odd part: the temp gauge now reads 160 - yet the engine has been off for a week. I am assuming that the needle is stuck and that I need a new gauge, among other things.
I am going to replace the belt, but why the steam? It's been very cold, below freezing, but the day I took her out it was about 40 degrees.
Before I call the Atomic 4 mechanic
, I thought I'd solicit some advice from all of you. Thanks in advance for the help.
(Final note: While I would love to repower
, it's just not an option. It's not in the budget
. I live lean.)