what causes a 96 chevy suburban to overheat and lose steering on 1996 Chevrolet Suburban 1500

it started making a squeeking noise and then it started smoking. i pulled over and put oil in. the noise went away but now the check gages and battery light are on and its very hard to steer

by in Parkville, MD on January 12, 2012
1 answer
ANSWER by on February 17, 2012
I think you lost your belt. Check under the hood and you should see a long rubber belt looping around the front of your engine. If it's not there or is there in pieces, replace it immediately as your water pump requires the belt to circulate water.