R.I.P Allan Simonsen
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: United Kingdom
dont sweat this..
the belt is cheap, and even the idler and tensioner are cheap. worst case scenario is the water pump seized and caused the belt to throw, unlikely, though, the usual way water pumps fail is if the impeller breaks up.
most likely case, either a stone got into the belt and broke it (only needs new belt, very cheap and easy 5 min job) or the idler or tensioner collapsed, moving the belt onto the pulley 'fence' shredding it. at worst, you need the belt, tensioner and idler. this job really shouldn't cost more than €150 at most.
engine damage is highly unlikely, dont panic - this isn't a big deal. recover the car to a garage, or even get a mobile mechanic out, this is not a job that requires specialist knowledge - they should charge no more than 1 hour labor at the very most (assuming it needs the tensioner and idler as well)
it may just be someone neglected to change the belt and it went through old age.
Dont drive it with the aux belt off though, you will overheat the engine extremely quickly. check the tensioner and idler very carefully too, you were lucky this time, as its not unheard of for snapped aux belts to take the cam belt out, but luckily for you, this time it went outwards towards the wheel arch, instead of inwards towards the cam belt!!
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