Was only going 5-10 mph when the cambelt broke. Luckily very close to my work place.
Thought I was AA covered to transport to my usual and trusted mechanic 20 miles away.
AA said no. Anyway my boss helped out to tow me. Damn I have no eye bolt, so decided to bolt a shackle to the metal work under the engine bay, the front cross member I think it`s called. Was working fine until he stopped half way there, and then tore off again without thinking about me behind him. It pulled the shackle through the metal frame, broke some plastic bumper parts into fragments and later I learned I also pulled the radiator from its mounting, enough to cause a leak.
Anyway get this.... I really trusted the mechanic I had used for yrs. He came back and told me that at least 2 of the valves were bent but he wouldn`t know the full extent until he stripped the cylinder head. Quoted me £900 for parts alone and £600 for labour and with the radiator will be around £1900 all in.
Although I was not stood in front of him I can imagine his puppy dog eyes, shaking his head at me, gesturing at the cost of things nowadays.....
Thanks to this forum I think I have found him out, Pud237 here at the alfa forum has mentioned in posts that this 1.9 Alfa engine does not suffer damage to the cylinder head after a cambelt failure. They (Autolusso) proudly advertise £850 for a full cambelt rebuild
which consists of :-
New cam belt
New water pump
New oil and oil filter
Definately no cylinder head work there.
I have arranged for Autolusso to collect bella from my mechanics garage (wish I could be there to see his reaction).
When I explained to him that this engine 99/100 does not suffer cylinder head problems he came back saying all he did was look it up in his book and saw it was a fixed linked drive (or something along those lines) which meant it does further damage. Oh he also said he rotated the camshaft which should free the valves but 2 of them were tight and he surmised were bent.
Yeah that`s not all that`s bent mate
Can`t wait for lusso to fix her.