A170 snapped serpentine belt
Today my serpentine belt snapped while reversing. At first i did not know what it was, i only heard a small noise and the battery light came on. So i drove maybe 200meters and stopped, tried to restart the car and it started normally. I also opened the hood to inspect the engine, but it was early in the morning and i only had the dim flashlight of my phone with me so i did not notice any damage at first glance and continued on my way to work. I was driving on a country road and in the city for maybe 20mins and the temperature warning came on so i stopped as soon as i could and waited till it turned off. After a few minutes whille driving up a hill the engine lost all its power and i turned around, and went back with 2 stops inbetween. My power steering already had some issues while standing still and at lower speeds the steering wheel was hard to turn so i thought it might only be the PS pump, but i later discovored the whole belt was gone.
So my question is do you think i might have blown my head gasket? This is the first time i heard my fans come on while stopping, but the car did not make any kind of unusual noise. I know with the serpentine belt gone there can be hot spots on the engine, but overall the engine did not seem any hotter than on a normal summer day.
I already had my car picked up and will recieve a call from the dealer who sold it to me on monday, as i own the car for only a couple of days and this should not have happened as he assured me several times they have inspected the car for any damage or faults. A worn out belt can be spotted easily and i suspect this was my case as my AC wasnt cooling verry well, bad PS feedback and the car took maybe a second or two longer to start as is custom.
Thanks for any input from you all, and i know it was not smart to drive any further, but hey we make mistakes 🙂