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Hello,

On trip to Devon heard a poof, lost power and car started to overheat. We were recovered to our campsite in Devon and the car taken to a local garage. The garage diagnosed a broken cambelt with some damaged valves. We had the car taken back to our local area as the garage there had replaced a water pump and changed the cambelt at the same time 14 months ago and said it might be covered by warranty. They have contacted the place that supplied their parts - the cambelt had a 12 months or 60000 miles warranty but the company insisted that as it was over 12 months it wasn't covered. The garage says the repair will cost around £1000 which is about what the car is worth. Is it reasonable for the parts company to say they will not contribute under the warranty - it has been around 10000 miles since the belt and water pump were replaced. The garage said the belt shredded rather than snapped.

As it stands I will probably have to scrap the car rather than have it repaired as it seems a bad investment to put £1000 of work into a car that will only be worth that much after the repair and the garage says there may also be damage to the bottom part of the engine too which they won't be able to tell until they do the cylinder head work.

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You would need to establish exactly why the cambelt shredded before going any further. If you have any complaint then it is between you and the garage as they carried out the work and supplied the belt.:)
 

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i bet the garage did not replace the accessories belt , or if they did , did the replace the idle and tensioner?
probably the accessories belt shredded and got into the cam belt and caused damage.
 
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