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    my fiances car died today while she was deiving, she called her break down & they said it may be her cambelt?? ok its a 2000w fiat bravo 1.2 16v, what sort of price would we be looking at to get it back on the road as we are going to have 2 share til something is sorted, shes fully comp insurance wise, would it be worth claiming? thanks all

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    Don't know about costs but you can't claim on your insurance for cambelt failure.

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    has it mashed any valves ? if it has start hunting round the breakers for a replacement head, i dont expect you will see much change out of 4-500 beer tokens

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    its all a bit vague really, iv got a good mate of mine who is a mechanic having a look on monday, hoping its not too much as wev money put aside & i dont want to eat in to it

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    Do not crank it over, just leave it until your mates had a look.

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    If it is the same engine design as our old cinquecento then we had the same thing except it was the alternator bearings which had failed (initially thought it was the cambelt).

    Might be worth disconnecting the belt to alternator and taking a look. If it is cambelt, then depends if you do it yourself or pay for it to be done. Yourself it'll probably be easier to get a recon engine so what maybe £500. A shop and your probably looking at double that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VauxVeteran View Post
    Do not crank it over, just leave it until your mates had a look.
    its been cranked over twice since it stopped, 1 by my mrs 2 c what was going on & 2 by recovery driver

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    Oh great....

    Hope for the Alternator for you, otherwise, prepare for your trousers to be pulled down and your bottom to be spanked.

    Preverbially, of course.

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    The recovery driver should have known better!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    deepends on the engine, on much older engines where the compression was low, you could get away with just fitting a new belt, but with more modern engines the valve to piston clearance is usually a lot less. If the valves are bent then the cylinder head will need to come off and new valves fitted (upwards of £500). If the compression is really high it could of dented a piston or two which means full rebuild (£1500 - £2000). If the recovery chap new what he was looking for (and the check is fairly basic) then I cant see the alternator being the cause.

    The recovery man will off needed to crank it with the oil filler cap off to see if the cams were turning, and to be honest for the short length of time he cranked it for, any damage would of been done when it went, not by him.

    Sorry for the bad news, it may be the the recovery chap doesnt know what hes looking for and it mya be cheap to fix, but like I said its fairly basic thing to check for.

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