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Water pump recently i took car to garage for repair. after fitting a new alternator the fan belt began screeching. when i returned to garage they were too busy to fix problem .as i drove home the radiator overheated and burst. is this because the fan belt runs the water pump and are the garage liable for the repairs

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Sounds like fan belt wasnt done up tightly and suprised garage wouldnt find time to fix or inspect thier own repair.Unsure about liability.From the point of view that thier repair caused a problem that didnt previously exist i would have to say yesbut you need to prove the car wasnt over heating before it went there.That screech may have been slipping,certainly sounds like it.On the other hand,you chose to drive to the point of a serious overheat and failed to see the temp rising on your dash gauge.Dont get me wrong im not saying its your fault but if you pursue the liability thing it will be asked why you drove the car knowing there was a problem.

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