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Specs: 2002 Tacoma 4x4, 2.7L engine, 5 speed, 67K miles

I had just started my truck this afternoon when I heard a loud, rhythmic sound that was coming from the fan. It sounded like the fan blades were hitting something so I popped the hood to take a look. I noticed a strand of rubber (which turned out to be part of the belt) flopping around the fan. So I shut the truck off.

Closer inspection revealed the outer ridge on the "alternator" belt had separated and the rest of the belt had slipped out of the grooves in the pulleys. I also noticed some oil on the block and hood.

I looked into the front wheelwell to see if I could locate the source of the oil, and noticed a small pool of oil on the concrete. :mad:

So I dropped the skid plates. This bolt was just laying on the passenger side of the rearmost plate. It looks like it sheared, but I cannot find where it sheared from. I'm hoping someone here can give me an idea of where to look. I'm going to have the truck towed in to the dealer tomorrow or Friday.

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