Got my E46 323 Delivered today, after abit of modification (aesthetic mainly) i decided to take it out for a little test drive and hardly made it out of my road when i heard banging and plastic snapping under the bonnet pulled over and ran to fetch a large belt that had been left in the road, and also a decent sized chunk of plastic. went back to the car and under the bonnet and seen a smaller belt was dangling lose so pulled it off before it caused anymore damage.
drove the car back to my house less than a minute away with no power steering, and two lights on the dash one was the battery light so i assume one was the alternater belt, and the other was a picture of a bottle with liquid in it (yellow) so i assume oil pump or water pump.
the piece of plastic i found matches a circular cover with groves around the top looks like a pump or cam cover.
not sure why the belts came off weather they just wern't tensioned up correctly or somthing or if it was just the one and it took the other out as a last stand.
any ideas would help would post photos but only just signed up and ive forgot what that website is called where you can post picture links from