How much danger can a cambelt failure cause to occupants
My cambelt and MOT are due on my Sportwagon very soon. It's a shame because I don't intend on keeping the car much longer at all so spending almost £500 on it for the sake of a few weeks if that, even if it sails thru the MOT, seems like a bit of a waste. I'll prob be giving the car away, but it's difficult for me to ask the possible donor for them to pay up for the belts.
My Wife got wind of the cambelts and suddenly piped up that our neighbour had veered his Zafira into a ditch with his Kids inside, it was put down to cambelt failure. I know the cambelts can go at anytime and that they can last a lot longer than 3 years, but she won't risk it.
So say if she was doing 70mph and the belts went, what's the sequence for coming to a standstill? Does everything lock up i.e. hard brake pedal, no power steering. Is the car controllable?
I'd sooner hold the £500 back for immediate cambelts on future 159, but don't want to cause any avoidable danger.
oh, and before Alfa changed the twin spark to 36k or 3 years for cambeltt change, what was the interval?