My Alfa Romeo 156's cam belt failed and damaged the engine - was the timing belt replaced properly at service?
I own an Alfa Romeo 156 diesel which was bought through the local dealership. I have maintained a full service history through the dealership and the car is now six years old with 66,000 on the clock. The manufacturer's warranty has expired. While driving on the motorway, I suffered a complete engine failure whereby I lost all power, and the problem was later diagnosed as being a cam belt failure which has damaged the whole of the engine. A new cam belt should have been fitted at the 36,000 service and was not due to be changed until 72,000 service. Please can you advise whether or not I am liable to pay for the repairs needed to the vehicle?
At a guess the water pump was not replaced when the timing belt was replaced. It needed to be, because water pump failure flings off the timing belt.
Answered by Honest John on