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Car jerking and over heating

I have 2003 Jetta GLI , 64k miles, 6 spd manual. just bought today. On the way to home i heard screaming sound and later power steering went hard to turn, Engine temp. rised to max. temp lamp blinked. Now even after cooled off engine jerks on neutral. Whats possibly going on? Power steering fluid is full.
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Tiras25Commented:
Sure, can you add a zero to your points please? I'll answer;-)
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Tiras25Commented:
You lost your accessory belt.  And continued to drive it until you overheated the damn thing, and now the motor is toast.  Seriously, you didn't stop the car immediatley after then temp shot up?  Water pump or power steering probably froze up and you overheated = huge repair if you drive the car hot, probably needs to be replaced.

Just bought today?  Take it back or sue.
64k miles is way too early for that crap.  It was abused.  After cooking it, that motor will never be the same.
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Tiras25Commented:
Also, I wonder.  Did you buy this from a lot or from a private individual?

If from a lot, did you have any kind of warranty or certification that accompanied it?

Did you have this inspected prepurchase by a mechanic?
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kavlinsAuthor Commented:
took it to the workshop now and they said its the serpenitine belt which got crapped out as well as need belt tensioner. They said that would be the 1st thing to do before checking anything else. Just for those two i got a price quote of $553
no it wasnt checked by a mechanic prior to buying..
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Tiras25Commented:
Sounds like you've got a belt problem.
The high pitch sound you heard was most likely one of the belt driven components giving up the ghost.  Likely the power-steering pump but not necessarily.  It could just be an adjuster or idler pully.  Once whatever component locked up it either has the belt seized or it threw the belt entirely.  Without the belt spinning either by it absence or by being locked up the power-steering is not going to work, the car will also overheat because the water pump isn't turning.

I agree with mechanic but 500$ I think is ridicilously expensive.  

good luck
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kavlinsAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your comments. I will increase the points defintely..
I amn't doing it for $550, no way. Pep boys can just dream abt it. I got the parts price from autozone. S-belt = $37, tensioner = $89. And a free lance mechanic agreed to do it for $45- $85 depending on where the part is.
I stil have to pay $89 for engine diagnostic fee to Pepboys.
 
 
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Tiras25Commented:
Yes, that's much better. $550 was probably a dealer price where they make at least 72% profit.  

Good luck!
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phoyyCommented:
While you're at it, you might want to have all the other belts and pulleys changed also. Complete preventive maintenance may also require having the pumps replaced but it might cost you a lot but it should help you. You could never know or be sure when was the last changed the car had with its previous owner.

Worst case scenario is you might have a blown gasket and warped head due to overheating. But don't panick as this only happens when you drove your car while overheating :)
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kavlinsAuthor Commented:
Well, the mobile mechanic replaced the serpentine belt now it makes an funny noise under the hood, He says sounds like water pump so i purchased that one for replacement , service cost $75.  
I drove the car about a mile after heat lamp blinked but he says there is no sign of gasket damage.
I am crossing my fingers... hoping this car won't empty my bank account..
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phoyyCommented:
If you can, take my advice on replacing everything that has been removed during the repair activity. Chances are if you are going to replace some of the parts only, you might be needing another repair service later on to change the other parts.

Regarding your heat problem:
1. When you got the heat lamp blinking, did you check if the radiator ran out of water? If this is the case, you might have a leak somewhere in your cooling system

2. Have your radiator fan check if it's working. Sometimes rad fans fail to work due to failed thermoswitch or motors.

3. Have your engine check for compression test/leak down test
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kavlinsAuthor Commented:
Turned out that water pump is bad as well. replaced it with new one , filled anti-freeze and water. Vehicle is back to running condition. i used it daily to work. but still vehicle jerks on neutral its kinda annoying me...
 
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