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Originally Posted by ccmc View Post
Thanks for your replies.

They been in touch they say they didnt check the cam belt for debris and that you don't need to as with 15 years experience they know what they are doing.
With 15 years experience they should have known that if an aux. belt has deteriorated to such an extent then there was a very good chance that the cam belt had not been changed within the recommended mileage.

The Aux. belt has to be removed to change the cam belt and it is either neglect or extreme penny-pinching not to replace the Aux. belt at the same time as the cam belt. The fact that the Aux. belt had deteriorated should have alerted any self-respecting mechanic to at least query when the cam belt was last changed and for the customer to be advised accordingly.

They may have 15 years experience (of riding the range and rounding up cattle? ) but only five minutes on this site would give an indication that debris from a damaged Aux. belt can cause problems to the cam belt.

TBH I think any claim against the original garage will be an uphill struggle, but if you belong to the AA or RAC it might be an idea to have a word with them about an independant engineer's report. The problem is that, usually, a garage will deny all liability and leave you to prove otherwise, knowing that to take them to court would cost you far more than it would to repair the car.
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