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Broken timing chain corsa

I was unfortunate to have a timing chain break at 30 miles per hour. apparently it bent the valves had it repaired at a local garage drove it forty miles it broke down now the garage tell me the big end has broken and it will be cheaper to fit a recon engine. Surely I should not be expected to pay again for the engine to be fix!

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  • missgee Mar 03, 2009

    Hi, mine has just broken too, and its only 3 half years old, my mechanic is doing what he can, but I'm not sure if I should sell it as soon as its repaired. Vauxhall arent really interested in helping out.

    IS your car ok now? g



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Not good. I would expect the garage to foot this expence as Im sure your initial bill was far from a cheep one? If a customer of mine had suffered a similar issue, I would certainly work very closely with them to rectify the problem. There is of course a slim chance a catastrophic component failure has genuinely occured, which may be completely unrelated. However it is most unlikely this time, as when your timing chain failed the valve to piston collision/impact would have caused serious potential damage to the crankshaft and big end bearings. This symptom is not overly common in most engines where timing chain/belt failure occurs. However, all engines are different and may experience different levels of damage. A replacement engine does now seem the cheepest way forward in your situation. Perhaps the garage should source one and you might pay for the fitting only? Good luck

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