Timing belt disaster-Help please
Hi, my sons GTV's experienced a catastrophic disaster-the timing belt tensioner failed, engine went out of time with the inevitable results, smashed valves, seats etc.
What's made this worse is that after paying a garage approx £1500 to put this right the timing has slipped again causing the same damage. The garage admits that this is due to the keyways in the pulleys at the end of the camshafts being worn out of shape, which surely must be due to the original incident, but says that no garage would have checked this.
At first the garage said it would fix the problem out of "goodwill" and if my son would like to make a "donation" towards the cost.
When, after nearly a month again, he collected the car he was presented with a bill for parts of over £200. He told the garage that he would have to seek advice on the situation and has taken the car but the guy says he will be ringing him in a weeks time.
Surely, given the torque applied to these pullys when the engine effectively locked up, it would be good practice-and common sense-to have checked this? What would have happened at an Alfa dealer?