Got my fingers crossed here but fearing the worst!
Bought a 156 sportwagon 2.0 TS at the weekend. test drive was fine and couldn't find any obvious issues and everything seemed to be good. Guy had receipts and photos of the cam belt and auxillary belt swap that he had done.
Started on my way home, Southampton to Edinburgh and got 9 miles before getting issues! car felt like it had a lack of power, this was followed by a random rattle/crashing noise from the bay. pulled off at the next junction for Winchester and the car was struggling to idle. Hard to descibe the noise but it sounded like a pulley crashing around. Bottom end crossed my mind but the noise had no rhythm to it like I would expect
Managed to contact a garage less then a mile from the junction as I had no tools to investigate the noise and tried to limp it there. sadly I got to within 100yrds and it died completely.
On trying to restart it the engine could barely turn over like the battery was flat.
Had a check and the timing belt appears to be intact. Did this by chucking it into gear and pushing it while looking at the cams and they are turning. couldn't get under the belt covers though to check anything else
Had to join the RAC and get it towed to a halfords autocentre
Left them exact instructions to remove the belt covers and touch nothing else and got a flight home as they couldn't even look at it till after the bank holiday weekend.
I'm hoping that its just thrown or snapped a pulley on the auxillary belt hence the loss of battery power but fearing the worse! I can't be certain that the guy who did the cam belts has done the job right and reading this forum is making things worse as it doesn't sound like an amateur mechanic job.
Whats everyones thoughts? Am I just wearing rose tinted specs or could it be a pulley?