I’m not very knowledgeable on cars but pulling into the driveway i heard a noise, the wheel got hard to turn, and the battery light came on, after parking the car and turning it off it wouldn’t start back up. I opened the hood and took a look and one of the belts was completely gone. There was a larger looking belt a little higher up that still looks in decent shape, but the belt that broke… well, it broke. The little research i’ve done so far has lead me to believe this was a serpentine belt, but just to be sure I’m here asking. I’ve heard that if a timing belt breaks it can be very bad news so how can I be sure it wasn’t that (or was it)? I’m hoping the timing belt is the thicker looking higher up belt, and the one that broke is the serpentine belt. If this is the case I’m probably going to try and replace it myself to save money (couldn’t drive it to a shop so i would have to get it towed or something).
Anyways the old belt isn’t there anymore so I don’t really have a reference as to how it should go on and I also would like to know if this could have damaged other things as well, if so how do i check? And lastly I’m not even sure which belt I need to call and ask a car store if they sell it. Again from my little research i think it’s a serpentine belt, and that seems like best case scenario when it comes to a broken belt so it’s what i’m hoping for as well. I’d appreciate any and all advice, thanks in advance.