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Hi all,

It seems I've managed to find the lemon again. My 9K Aero that I've had 2 weeks has decided to destroy the S-Belt tensioner bracket and the casting that bolts to the cylinder head.

This looks quite serious and I wasn't too happy about the near overheat and lack of power steering. Thankfully I was about 400M from home and Matt H came to the rescue and towed me back.

Has anyone had any experience of this or know what I need to be looking to get? If anyone can help get the parts, new or second-hand I'd be really grateful, it's a 93-94 model.

Anyone know what the legal implications would be against the car dealer I bought it from, could I make him pay or contribute? Like I say it was bought 2 weeks ago, with a new MOT, as an excellent condition car, the only fault I agreed on was to sort the brakes out myself.

Thanks
Lee
 

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Ouch!

That sounds a bit nasty, Lee. I've not heard of any such failure before- to destroy the bracket is going some
I don't suppose you could show us a pic could you?

Whether you have any comeback on the dealer partly depends on if he sold it to you with any implied warranty, or was it "sold as seen". My gut feeling is that the failure was probably caused by a bolt or such like being lose rather than sudden failure of any one part. If this is the case, you could argue that they should have spotted it. If it's sudden failure then you've got less chance. It's all about whether they could have picked the problem up on reasonable inspection.
 

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There is a newer style Alloy bracket, but I think by the time Aero's came out it had already superceeded the old part.

I had the alloy bracket go on my Carly at about 140,000m, but luckily it snapped at the top and twisted out so the belts squeeled lots but didn't fail completely.

I had the newer part fitted to replace it.

It is a relativly simple matter to change the belt and tensioner, I think I paid about £150 for the lot.

I'd go back to the dealer and see if they will cover the cost for you.

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Sorry to hear about your problem! I had a similar one on my last 9K... the water pump seized and I lost the belt, tensioner and a pulley too I think. I'm not sure exactly, as I never saw it (wife was driving and left it at a garage who did the repair), but this is what they told me.

I phoned a local specialist at the time (Jonsaab) who was full of doom and gloom and said that this happens a lot (although he'd never heard of water pump going) but that when the tensioner goes it often does so in a big way and takes some of the casting with it. He seemed to reckon this was expensive to fix, so I'd pursue the dealer if you can.

In the end the garage said that the mounting wasn't damaged, so the total bill in my case was about £350, but that included a water pump.

Good luck!
 

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I know that there are (or was at least) a couple of scrappers down a place in the quarry in Waddington, just on the right about 300m before Brant Road. They may be able to help with spares if you can't come back on the dealer.

Other than that, I would certainly try and get back to the dealer first of all.

Good luck and if you nedd a hand with the spanners, give me a shout.
GSF car parts on Tritton road may have some of the parts to help as well.

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After a bit of investigation, pricing and sweet talking all is well again. The parts were £15 and £7 with another £37 for a belt (was very worn anyway. The dealer and I came to a mutual agreement in that as I had alredy paid for the parts he would pay the labour (approx 4 hours). So in the end my S-Belt change cost me £22 in labour instead of £100+

Was nice to find a backstreet dealer that still had a good moral standing.

Lee
 
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