Finished the 166
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: New Zealand
Re: Oh No !
Rest easy - its the V-belt, mine's squealing, new one coming soon. And don't worry too much about it snapping. A new one can often be fitted at your place by a mobile mechanic, and if you prep the car, often for less than you think.....belts can be had for NZ$71 = IEP 23.40, more or less.
By prep - get the wheel off on the driver's side (rhs), and then with a screw-driver (philips head) , de-attach the inner wheel shield. The screw you will not easily find will be under the front spoiler. Apparently you can often buy tools for compressing the belt tensioner, and this website's 'homemade Haynes manual' links are an absolute must.
I doubt very much the wheels on the engine are bent during the snap. Most modern belts, particularly the 166 v-belt, are designed to snap transversely with little chance of breaking or ending the shafts. Thats why it has many notches in it.
The car should not be run excessively - for one thing, the battery is going to go flat whether you like it or not - the v-belt runs the generator - and more importantly, it also runs the water pump ! its possible to run for 60 seconds, but after that disaster is being courted.
After prep and with the spare, your 166 should be on the road for a 2 hour callout, preferably with an experienced mechanical call-out specialist who does european cars, and better yet, Alfas.