Tensioners and Cam Belt changes
Back in Jan this year my fan belt went. The kindly RAC man relayed the car to his mates garage (quite a well-known firm in my neighbourhood) who does quite a lot of business through this arrangement - I'm not at all against the commission / referral business model by the way.
The fan belt, guide and tensioner (£118 on it's own) were all sorted and things seemed fine.
A few days ago the car started making the same squeling noise that was the precursor to the failure in Jan. I took it to the guy that normally does my work and he said it looked as if the tensioner had gone; he couldn't say for sure without having a proper look but he said the tensioner nut looked rusty.
Does the panel have experience of tensioners failing after 9.5 months and circa 15K miles or have I been done? I suppose I'll know more when my usual fixer has had a proper look but any advice would be helpful in case I need to have a go at the guys that fixed it in Jan.
Whilst this work is being done I'm going to have the cam-belt done as well (it's due soon). What sort of money should I be paying?