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    Default Snapped aux/drive belt.....

    Car is poorly and just had to be towed to the garage (oh how fun that was)

    Just pulling up at home and felt the car judder and noticed the battery warning light was on.....Looked in manual and said problem with alternator, stop car and get advise from auth garage blah blah. Called AA as I have full cover and on inspection noticed the belt had snapped.

    Fine lets get it on the loader and take it to the garage, mmm yeah pi springs lol. We had to use spring blocks to jack the front of the car 2-3 inches to get it on the ramp

    On a quick inspection at the garage they think a failed crankshaft seal has caused oil to leak onto the belt and this had caused the belt to snap, well it was shredded......
    Just waiting on the call to see how much its gona cost my warranty company (hoping its covered under warranty lol)

    Got to drive me moms Mazda 2 now to get to work etc, as she is on holiday so gonna use her fuel

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    Make sure they check that none of the shredded belt has wrapped itself around the crankshaft pulley and got onto the timing belt pulley - mate had this happen and it caused the cambelt to jump a few teeth - his auxillary belt had shredded into long lengths of boot lace like strands.

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    M Could that still happen as mine is the 2.2 direct so chain driven cams......its with a highly reccomended garage so I'm sure they will check.

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    They just called and they said it looks like the timing chain cover has a leak at the front.....waiting for a quote from Vauxhall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotty84 View Post
    M Could that still happen as mine is the 2.2 direct so chain driven cams......its with a highly reccomended garage so I'm sure they will check.
    I would think it would be possible - don't want to alarm you but it may be worth mentioning it to the garage although I would think any garage worth their salt would check anyway. The auxiliary belt is driven by the front crankshaft pulley and behind that is the 'toothed' pulley that drives the cambelt or in your case the chain. A chain may be more robust but even then the shredded belt could cause problems. The friend of mine had it happen on a Mondeo the auxiliary belt shredded into long lengths of boot lace like strands that had got past the cover and wrapped around the cambelt pulley - the car was taken to a garage who just replaced the aux belt and returned it - the next day he drove the car a short distance and the engine was running rough - it went to another garage and they found that the cambelt had been damaged by the debris - he complained to the first garage who didn't want to know - he ended up taking them to the County Court and was awarded around £1400 to cover his costs for the repairs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alcutler View Post
    I would think it would be possible - don't want to alarm you but it may be worth mentioning it to the garage although I would think any garage worth their salt would check anyway. The auxiliary belt is driven by the front crankshaft pulley and behind that is the 'toothed' pulley that drives the cambelt or in your case the chain. A chain may be more robust but even then the shredded belt could cause problems. The friend of mine had it happen on a Mondeo the auxiliary belt shredded into long lengths of boot lace like strands that had got past the cover and wrapped around the cambelt pulley - the car was taken to a garage who just replaced the aux belt and returned it - the next day he drove the car a short distance and the engine was running rough - it went to another garage and they found that the cambelt had been damaged by the debris - he complained to the first garage who didn't want to know - he ended up taking them to the County Court and was awarded around £1400 to cover his costs for the repairs.
    Spoke to garage on phone and they said it looks like the leak is from the timing chain cover so its gotta come of to replace the gasket......So they will see if any got in that area whilst the covers are off. Cheers for the heads up though buddy

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotty84 View Post
    Spoke to garage on phone and they said it looks like the leak is from the timing chain cover so its gotta come of to replace the gasket......So they will see if any got in that area whilst the covers are off. Cheers for the heads up though buddy
    That's probably a good thing then - hope you get sorted - good luck with it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alcutler View Post
    That's probably a good thing then - hope you get sorted - good luck with it!
    Cheers pal Me to lol....Im hoping warranty will cough up for it. Ive had a read of the policy and theres nothing saying that camshaft leaks/timing case leaks etc are not covered so should be ok.

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    seal will be covered but i bet the belt is under a wear and tear category

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    Quote Originally Posted by john norris View Post
    seal will be covered but i bet the belt is under a wear and tear category
    Garage have said the belt was damaged due to the leak so should be covered as it was the leak that caused the damage

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