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1994 Ford Aerostar Question: can i still start my van to get it on a trailer if the main drive belt is gone?

 

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cheryldawn, 4.0L V6, Goodlettsville, TN, May 10, 2013, 14:56
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wheels locked up. dont think it was brakes. someone told me could be wheel bearing but my uncle told me this does not have a wheel bearing. Solution?

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    May 10, 2013, 16:33
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    When you say your wheel do you mean your steering wheel or a wheel on the car? All car's have some sort of wheel bearing. Some are sealed into a hub assembly but there needs to be some sort of bearing for the wheel to turn. As for the external drive belt and driving onto a trailer. That belt operates the power steering pump, alternator, A/C, and water pump. It can be done if done quickly. The power steering won't work and the coolant won't flow so you put the vehicle at risk of overheating.

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    cheryldawn, May 10, 2013, 18:27
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    the wheel on the vehicle locked up. we took tire off couldnt budge it. then messed with brake pads a little and when we started it, the wheels turned again. for 3 or 4 days before the wheel locked up it was making a loud popping noise on drivers side then it started grinding and finally while driving the wheel just locked tight and i couldnt steer or use brakes. we were going to scrap it but it only has 110,000 miles on it. do you think it is something that could be fixed inexpensively?

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    May 10, 2013, 17:24
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    If the wheel is locked how are you going to get it on a trailer? Can run engine without belt long enough to load the van on trl. just dont take forever!

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    May 10, 2013, 20:40
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    Yes, but only for a short time. you can do it several times if necessary. Just let it cool down completely before each attempt. DO NOT LET THE VEHICLE RUN LONGER THAN A COUPLE OF MINUTES! There is no belt which means no water pump to pump coolant. Thus the whole letting it cool down in between starts.

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