So the story starts,
The Mrs has a little corsa C, I have done various jobs on it and over my years track rod ends / suspention bits and bobs drop links you know the single spanner jobs in the haynes manual.
The corsa alternator belt keeps shreading, the first time at 100 000 miles, Deciding it was out of my depths I got it replaced at a garge, 1000 miles later it broke again, back to the garage and replaced FOC, garage said if it goes again it will need a new water pump probably as it had a slight leak.
Fast forward 3000 miles belt went again, So now confident with my mechanical skills I set off replacing the water pump yesterday, new alternator belt fitted but it got dark once I got the engine mount back on I left it over night.
Filled up the cooling system this morning, started the car up once I had massaged the pipes and refilled the coolant a few times.
And ... it started fine, all good no leaks then as the temp was raising it started to smoke I turned it off straight away, checked everything over and convinced myself it was just the belt settling in.
Started again and let it idle upto temp then a very scary "POING " looked under the bonnet and bucket loads of smoke off the alternator belt, the tensioner has exceded its max travel.
The Mrs is not best pleased, the belt is stuffed, the cooling system is still full though, now it took me 5 hous dodging the weather yetseday and I have no lost my belief in my mechanical skills so its going to end up in a garage next week ... and to top it off the old belt took out the CV joint boot.
realy shouldnt have attempted this job ... whats your worst ?