Question about 2005 Ford Focus
Bit of a long problems, a few moths before Xmas there was a loss of fluid form the steering pump which was fixed by a main ford dealer, two days ago the car stopped while driving and was not able to be fixed at the road side and was taken to a dealer. on inspection the fan belt had snaped which inturn fored its way into the timeing belt cover and then damaged the timing bent causing it to slip which then proceded to damage the engine. My question is should the fan bent have been changed after getting a soaking of sterring fluid e.g. did this cause it to fail? the car is a 55 plate with only 45k miles. other details are 1.6 Zetec engine (now dead £3 to fit)
Yes, very true, I should have thought that it would have been sensible procedure, to renew a contaminated fan belt.
I also believe that the cam belt cover should have been removed, to inspect the cam belt, for oil contamination at that time too.
As an oil saturated cam belt would be more consistent to a failure, than a fan belt snapping and getting behind the cover, causing cam belt failure !
You have to seek an appointment with the Dealer Manager, and voice you dissatisfaction with there service, and that the resulting costs would not have been necessary, had my first 2 options above been carried out.
As usual, this smell of shoddy main Dealer Servicing.
By the way, what have they told you the estimated damage is to the engine ?
Normally it would only be a couple of bent valves, requiring, the cylinder head removal, fit new valves, cam belt, fan belt,etc, and reassemble, change oil & filter, & test coolant strength.
Good Luck !
A FixYa rating would be apreciated please !
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