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    Hi All,

    I posted about a week ago about my ongoing saga with the poly v belt (squealing at cold start)...

    The story so far:

    In Nov my car made the squealing noise, booked in to main stealer who said £400 for alternator pully, tensioners.. paid.. reluctantly but sorted.. for a WEEK.
    Called them, car back, belt lubricated... fine... for a month..
    Car in in Jan, 'you need a belt, havent done it..' after an argument they did it for no labour so only £6 cost! not too bad..
    But.. still doing it!
    So.. car in, lubricated... works for a WEEK!! so back we go again..
    (sorry if this is getting repetative!)
    this time, they lubricated it again.. by the time I picked it up at 5.45 it was squealing before I even got off the forecort! so booked it there and then for Saturday (today) 8am to have a new belt.
    All done...... driving down the M3.. battery light on so rang garage, 'dont worry, must just be a glitch so keep going and get it booked in monday'
    YEAH RIGHT... not what the AA said when I sat waiting in Camberley for an hour... After the BELT FELL OFF!!!!
    Basically, he's saying the cause of the problem, most probably, is the air conditioning compressor...
    Before he came (AA) today all fans, air con fine. now it sounds like a bucket of rusty spanners.. and it doesnt work.. Left it on the forecort, the sales manager (obviously no service available on your only days off in the week!!!) was a nice bloke but cant do a lot.
    The AA guy reckons that the compressors have bearings in and take a bit of time to go.. so by his calculations it would be about November (when I first had the problem!!) that it started..

    So my question to you all...:
    Do you think :
    A) The AA guy broke the compressor
    B) The compressor was broken all the time and the stealers didnt spot it
    C) its coincidence (but what a hell of one!)
    D) Other... (any suggestions much appreciated!)

    Cheers chaps, sorry for the winge but AAARGH been a long day!
    Paul

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    Have you ever had the alternator wheel changed, which the belt goes over? that was it on mine last year, but have the same fault back now.
    the compressor??????? hmmmm that seems suspect.
    As a question, does the sqealling go away after a time from cold i.e once the engine warms up.
    As daft as it sounds try changing the battery. If the battery is faulty the alternator trys to put 66 amps into the battery at once and obviously cannot which is what makes the belt sqeual.

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    Why would the AA man break it if the belt was off???????? They don't do much now anyway part from tow you in! If the bearings had gone the pulley will be all wobblt hence the belt falling off even with tensioners!

    At the garage play up hell now about all the costs, ask them for the top mechanic and tell them you're not paying due to their incompetence. If they say a few quid rip their hands off!

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    as above....kick off in the garage and ask them what guarantee they have with there workmanship.......totaly weird this one mate, hope you get to the bottom of it
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    hi all,

    Car has been in main dealer since Sat, spoke to service manager yesterday who has confirmed the air con compressor is gone.
    Normal cost is £338+vat and 2.5hours labour so all in about £600
    He cant confirm if it is coincidence or not (said might have been 2 faults in there) so will do whole lot for £200

    Im thinking thats not a bad deal.. (is it?) he's kept car in overnight last night for a cold start so hopefully this time all gone!
    Paul

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    Have you got Network Q Warranty? If so you don't pay a penny! Am thinking cause he's offered to do it cheaper than it costs him it was originally broken but not spotted hence causing all the problems.

    Would be inclined to blame it on their poor diagnosis and cure hence should be free and they should be refunding you for previous work done- but apart from that snap his hand off!!

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    bummer but no, car is out of warranty. Think Im going to wait and see what he comes back with today...
    I could suggest something like 'yes, I'll pay £200... but wouldnt mind a set of mats and a flipy key would be nice too' -- maybe not.
    Ah well.. should get it back at about 4pm we'll see!
    Thanks for your help

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