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Alright guys,

On the way to work this morning the following happened:
Crunching noise from engine, sounded a bit like something was either spinning or disintegrating. It stopped, then started again but much more noticeable. Immediately afterwards I had lost the power steering, wheel does turn but with significant force to do so.

I am going to get it to the garage but I would really like to have a rough idea before I do. If anyone knows where I should be focusing my attentions that would be great; estimated repair price would be even better for a poor teacher!

All the best,
Aaron
 
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The fact that you have lost the power steering suggests that the alternator belt/tensioner has gone at least.

Is the car actually running ?

Hopefully not a timing belt or balance belt issue ( if its ts )
 

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The car is running. I just had a new cambelt done at Autolusso in June with a complete service so i thought any wear would have been detected. I'm hoping that becuase the car is still a runner it's not a massive job?
 

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sounds like the auxilliary belt.....no big deal.......or a sheared pulley, duff hydraulic pump or a fixing bolt come loose...........have you checked your hydraulic steering fluid........thats my guess
 

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I once had a similar experience in a Fiat and it turned out to be a tiny hole in the high pressure hose of the power steering system.
The result was loss of all fluid.
My repair was a jubilee clip fitted tightly over the hole, was still working when the car was written off a year later.
 

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I'd say the it's the aux' belt by the sound of your symptoms... but I'd have thought the garage would have fitted a new one...?

Have a peek at the belt.. it's down the left hand side of the engine as you look into the engine bay.. next to the bottom of the wheel arch. If it all looks okay there, then it's something under the cam-belt cover, as gtvtommo suggests.


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i have 1995 spider 2.0ts recently had the engine changed from doner vehicle both were running on removal but now wont start im using the original ecu key code goes out when turning over but mechanic says fuel pumps not operating, any ideas thanks james in spain
 

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It is on the way to Auto Lusso, was the aux belt, was hanging in shreds from underneath the car. I don't know loads about these things but I would have hoped that the 'pre-emptive' work that I had done there (full service including cambelt, tensioners etc.) would have stppoed this happening. Well what do I know? I'm just a driver...
 

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I think you may have a point aaron you should have at least been advised it was on its way out.unless something got caught up in it while driving and caused the problem....good look dude at least its not serious .
 

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They should have noticed that was in poor condition when they did the other work:rolleyes:.
Why should we? It was 4 months ago, if it looked like there was a problem we would have advised it needed changing, you can just change everything that might be a problem at some point, where would you stop?

We are putting a new belt and tensioner on it for the cost of the parts only

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They should have noticed that was in poor condition when they did the other work:rolleyes:.
I had a an escort a few years back and somehow a plastic sheet with a shard of metal somehow got tangled up in the belt wrecked the pulley and the belt just after a service here in brum so these things can happen think its called sods law its when the timing belt goes you're in real trouble
 

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Ive never used Autolusso as they are a bit far away for me but im sure most garages would have recommended a new belt if it looked rubbish. Sometimes it very difficult to tell the condition just by looking. Ultimately its in their interest to tell you if it needs changing as its more money for the belt and a bit more labour for them.
 

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to be fair aaron1986 said the belt had shreaded which to me suggests other forces at play normally a belt will crack then break they dont normally shread in my experience
 

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to be fair aaron1986 said the belt had shreaded which to me suggests other forces at play normally a belt will crack then break they dont normally shread in my experience
Bearing in the tensioner has failed and belt has slid off, no real harm done

RAC dropped the car off this afternoon, would have been fixed today but we were out of stock of the correct belt, will be fixed tomorrow and back on the road :thumbs:

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