Introduction and technical question
My first post here, but hoping the vast knowledge on this forum can help me out.
I have been a proud owner of an 1999 Spider for 8 years, but unfortunately, the driver for only 7 of them.
This is because sometime last year, the engine went, and was told by a non specialist the engine was totally kaput.
It has remained tucked away in the garage until now, when I have just had it collected by someone to look at, and repair it. The end of my problems I thought....but really just the beginning!!
They have just called me to say the reason for the problem was the cam belt has never been changed, and this has gone, causing untold problems.
However, I paid Perry's of Amersham the best part of 1.5k to carry out a 72k service (albeit in 2005, and I'll come back to this in a moment), which at the time, was the correct service at the correct time. It now has 101k on it.
The garage that has it now has spotted 2 things that as far are they are concerned, indicate the service was not carried out as it should have been. These are:
- There is still a white cam belt tensioner fitted, and apparently these are only fitted at the factory, so garages can see at a glance if they have ever been changed
- The idler pulley is made of metal, when replacement kit ones are plastic / nylon.
I guess my question is this. Does anyone know if this is correct?
I have contacted Perry's who say they cannot access their records, and anyway, the service should have been done again after 3ys / 36k miles etc, which I accept, but my point is I have spent potentially 1.5k on a service that was not done and had it been, there is a very good chance this would not have happened.
If anyone can shed any light on this, I would be grateful, as while I am still going to get it fixed, I at least want Perry's to be accountable, if they indeed should be.