Back Story: I recently was stuck during the huge snow/ice storm that hit the Midwest a few weeks ago. After I was pulled out of the ditch, my belt squealed very loud. I notice that it was completely on one of the pulleys (that one that is no longer on). So I loosened the tensioner pulley (I believe - the one right below the one that is no longer there) and was able to slide the belt back on an d I had no problems, until today...
What happened today: I was driving home from Iowa until I started to smell burnt rubber, I first assumed it was my belt since I have had recent problems with it. I was only a mile or two from home - so I decided to slow down and try to make it home. Before I turned to go into town I heard a loud crack - it sounded like the belt snapped in half - I lost power steering. I made it to my garage and at this point there was a lot of steam coming from under the hood. Anti-freeze/coolant was leaking out of somewhere but I wasn't sure where. Not much came out - less than a soup can worth. I then realized that the pulley was lying on one of my radiator fan blades and the belt wasn't broke and was all tangled up. I also noticed that the pulley I previously tightened up was not straight...
I took lots of pictures because I'm a firm believer that they help tremendously. Hopefully someone can help me. I need my Jeep to be running tomorrow evening...
This is how it was when I first opened the hood
As you can tell the tensioner pulley (I think that's what it is) is bent
A close up of the bent pulley
The pulley - the grooves do not seem to be stripped
The pulley that came out's housing
Driver's side view
Passenger's side view
Passenger's side view
Driver's side view - This is as far in and I can push the pulley -- Don't know why
This is a look inside of the (broken?)pulley's socket. I can feel something in there like a metal o-ring sort of thing, also the whole this moves very easily. By the whole thing I mean the metal inside ring that is surrounded by the black bumpy plastic. I also got a piece of metal out of the inside of it, it was really small like a shaving.
Thanks to anyone that has any advice or input. I will take more pictures if needed or try to explain anything else more if you would like.