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Anyone heard of this.
I was doing the usual checks before our month on the continent. I noticed that the radiator header tank was empty. I could see a blue stain on the floor and a wet area on the rad. Into the garage and they quickly said a new rad sir; fine get on with it. Five o'clock today veh ready for pick up, 15 mins later phone call "the alternator belt has just failed". 15 min later a another phone call,"the alternator belt has wrapped it self round the crankshaft pully and damaged the cam belt ( 6 months old).
 

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seen this several times on cars belts snap wind round one of the pulleys causing engine to partially lock causing cambelt to slip few teeth, could be head removal, is trhe van just 6 months old?
 

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I was invited to see the damage so there is no con job. I initially thought maybe that something in the fitting of the radiator had fouled the alternator belt but probably unlikely.
The cam belt has a plastic cover over it but the strands of the alternator belt wrapped around the crankshaft pulley had forced the cover onto the cam belt causing some edge damage. Although the belt is only six months old who would not recommend a change?
 

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The same happened to my fiat, the air con belt disintegrated taking the fan belt which forced its way under the cam belt cover stripped half the width if the cam belt damaged the cam pulley and cam sensor, did the job myself but still cost about £250 with all the parts required
 

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It's a common problem, a mates ignition light came on, he lifted the bonnet, saw the alternator belt had snapped, but couldn't see it, only two miles to home, so decided as there was little or no traffic it probably wouldn't overheat, so drove home, half mile later the alternator belt made it's presence known by fowling the bottom pulley and snapping the cam belt too.

So if you are unlucky enough to snap an alternator belt, make doubly sure that it's not left in there, remove it completely, you might be in a rush, but a knackered cylinder head is not cheap to fix, plus labour, cost of new valves, the list goes on.

Kev.
 

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Quote " Anyone heard of this.
I was doing the usual checks before our month on the continent. I noticed that the radiator header tank was empty. I could see a blue stain on the floor and a wet area on the rad. Into the garage and they quickly said a new rad sir; fine get on with it. Five o'clock today veh ready for pick up, 15 mins later phone call "the alternator belt has just failed". 15 min later a another phone call,"the alternator belt has wrapped it self round the crankshaft pully and damaged the cam belt ( 6 months old)".

It gets worse, the cam belt was pushed over on its guide pulleys and broke the cam postion sensor (£87). The garage invited me to inspect all the problems and it was all straight up.
So apart from regular cam belt changes we should perhaps also replace the other belt since these can write of the cam belt & worse. It's the design that is a fault, there does not seems to be enough protection for the cam belt.
 

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Borisd0 said:
Quote " Anyone heard of this.
I was doing the usual checks before our month on the continent. I noticed that the radiator header tank was empty. I could see a blue stain on the floor and a wet area on the rad. Into the garage and they quickly said a new rad sir; fine get on with it. Five o'clock today veh ready for pick up, 15 mins later phone call "the alternator belt has just failed". 15 min later a another phone call,"the alternator belt has wrapped it self round the crankshaft pully and damaged the cam belt ( 6 months old)".

It gets worse, the cam belt was pushed over on its guide pulleys and broke the cam postion sensor (£87). The garage invited me to inspect all the problems and it was all straight up.
So apart from regular cam belt changes we should perhaps also replace the other belt since these can write of the cam belt & worse. It's the design that is a fault, there does not seems to be enough protection for the cam belt.
Not forgetting all the guides and rollers
 
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