Aux belt tensioner failed
The auxiliary belt tensioner failed on my GT JTD (6 years old, 55000 miles) this week. There were no warnings, just the 'battery charge low' message and complete loss of power steering whilst driving. I was on a twisty road in the Lake District at the time and after the failure I wanted to get the car to a safe place to park up (the hotel where I was staying) so the next 10 miles of bendy road without power steering were a challenge to say the least! The RAC recovered the car home (100 miles, worth the membership fee several times over) and my local 'indie' has now replaced the tensioner and belt for £99 all in (top man!).
This leaves me wondering, should the aux belt and tensioner be replaced at set intervals like the cam belt?