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Broken camshaft and drained coolant

I got my Daihatsu Applause 1994 serviced two days ago; changed battery, timing belts, fixed an oil leak. After driving 3 km the car stalled and I found the collant drained completely. There was no spark when iginition was turned on. Replacing the distributer and coil did not help.

My mechanic investigated for two days and says the camshaft is broken into two and he says this is possible for an old car.

Is this credible? or could this happen because of mrchanic error during service?

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  • Greg Wilkins
    Greg Wilkins May 11, 2010

    Its the mechanic error he should of been a lot more careful.

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    u did something wrong when u did the timing belt, when they (the timing belt)come off the valves hit the pistons and that sudden load snapped the cam, u will also find the cylinder head is ruined.



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Sue the mechanic if he doesnt fix it all since it is his fault. There i no way that this could have happened without him screwing up the installation of your new timing belt. Wouldn't be surprised if he used the wrong damn timing belt since they are actually hard to find for these models. These guys are a shady bunch especially when dealing with a vehicle as rare as a daihatsu. Dont put it past them to drain your radiator either, or at least leave the draincock cracked. Just to prove my point i drove from Sacramento, CA to Las Vegas, NV & back To Seattle, WA with a leaking radiator after my ******* friend who was driving while i slept let it overheat, READ: BONE DRY, burning a hole through my piston head by melting a brand new platinum spark plug, losing all compression in that cylinder mind you. And all it did was slow it down. This is not a "build up" incident. Rather somebody really screwed up the proper timing of your engine. There is no way that an engine as weak, no offense, as this snapped a camshaft on its own without some ******* helping it along. But i doubt it is snapped anyway. If anything your valves and rocker arms are all jammed and your head is warped. But what the hell, that pretty much warrants an entire rebuild if you ask me since this situation will more than likely cause further problems if not more of the same from dealing with these obviously inept "mechanics". My advice is to sit on the car & pursue legal action. It isnt necasarily an easy pursuit but these guys are liable you just need to prove it & with the help of a good reputable third party mechanic to state on the record what he finds it should be fairly simple to get a judgement from this. If at the very least it should get the mechanic who caused this to fix the problem entirely or better yet to pay someone "better qualified" to do it right. In the meantime get something else to drive as the cost just makes it not worth it to perform these repairs you now need. And if you happened to pay by check, I would put a stop payment on the check ASAP so that you are'nt assed out of your hard earned money in the meantime. Anyway, good luck to you & God bless.

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This is common, no coolant will cause a cyld. head to warp causing which will break camshaft,but where did coolant go?

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