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GT timing belt snapped

Hi guys.
I had a slight problem at about 75mph on the motorway last weekend... My timing belt snapped!

I have been chatting to the garage that are fixing it for me and they have said there's no valve damage etc.
But the thing I am thinking about is whether or not I have any cause for recompense for this. Here's the timing belt story...
It was changed at approx. 66,000 miles in July 2011.
Since then, it has done 54,000 miles (20,000 miles less than stated in the owner's manual) and 3 years (2 years less than stated too).

....Thoughts??

Started off with a 156
Then got the GTV
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Maybe drive belt is from taiwan, or maybe one of pulley was damaged before and cuted your belt.

Do you have picture of your timing belt where snapped?
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Maybe drive belt is from taiwan, or maybe one of pulley was damaged before and cuted your belt.

Do you have picture of your timing belt where snapped?
I don't have any yet. The RAC took the car straight to the garage for me (It went in Scotland.... And I live in Lincolnshire!)
I have not had chance to get to the garage yet
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54,000 miles is a long way - it would difficult to prove that the failure was caused by an error on the part of the people who did the last change, and that normal wear and tear didn't contribute. In fact virtually impossible to prove, I would think.

As a point, general recommendation is 48,000 miles for the 1.9 16v diesel. A common failure cause is the water pump.
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Hi, chances are it was the water pump that failed, seized and took the belt with it.

And sorry but I dont think you have any chance of a claim against whoever did the belt 3 years ago.
If they hadnt fitted or tensioned the belt properly it wouldnt of lasted 54k and the parts will only have a 1 year warranty on them.
Was the waterpump change at the last belt change.?
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4 years 48 with waterpump is the recommended by specialist at a maximum. Not 5-72k as stated by alfa.
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Sorry. What is SNAPPED exacty means.
Drive sprocket cuts 15 teeths from timing belt means no run, does not it ???...
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Sorry. What is SNAPPED exacty means.
Drive sprocket cuts 15 teeths from timing belt means no run, does not it ???...
That would suggest something seized ... as in water pump.
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I have got the car back now.
The failure was in fact the cambelt tensioner. The bracket had snapped which slackened the belt a bit. So the belt started to slip off the tensioner and it jumped some cogs. This put the timing out, which snapped cam followers and all sorts.
Never mind, it's fixed now and has a new belt, water pump etc.

I was going to sell it, but after spending 2 grand on fixing it I think I'm jeeping it for another few years!
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2 grand for a snapped jtd belt with no head damage. That is very expensive.
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