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I was coming up to a set of lights today doing about 10 mph, lights were changing to green and I was in first gear. Put my foot down and heard a pop. <o:p></o:p>

Next I heard a loud rumble, so I pulled my car over. I did a U turn as there was a Kwik Fit opposite and I was convinced it was a problem with the exhaust.!<o:p></o:p>

The nice man @ Kwik Fit told me to get it up on the ramp. He examined the under carriage, but the exhaust was all well. He said LOOk, your engine has fallen down onto the splash pan etc. <o:p></o:p>

We popped the bonnet and noticed that the engine was almost vertical...<o:p></o:p>

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I had the water pump and cam belt changed 4 weeks ago, and remembered the mechanic saying the engine was a bugger to get out and then back in. I wonder way?? !! :(<o:p></o:p>

To cut a long story short, I got the breakdown guy to tow me to the mechanic that did the CAM etc. Stayed carm, but escorted him to Budget rent a car and got him to hire me out Micra ... <o:p></o:p>

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Now the car is with him until fixed.. I aint giving him a bean and the hire car is coming in at ?25 a day..<o:p></o:p>

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Gutted.. But it could have been worse. It could have gone at 80mph with pregnant wife and little daughter in the car...<o:p></o:p>

Blessing tbh<o:p></o:p>

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Gutted.. But it could have been worse. It could have gone at 80mph with pregnant wife and little daughter in the car...<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>

Blessing tbh<o:p></o:p>
Glad you're alright, and like you say, it's a blessing it didn't happen @ 80 mph with the nearest and dearest! [Y]
 

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Jesus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, glad youre ok, dosnt bear thinking about what could have happened if you were travelling at speed, the mechanic should be shot!

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I know too well how you feel mate

Arnold Clark done my timing belt under 10k ago and didnt fit the enginemount back on right so it worked loosed and damaged the mount thus costing me ?200 to replace at another garage

I am in the process of taking good old Arnold to the small claims court as they refused to accpt that they hadnt fitted the mount back on right
 

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We've got a bloke at our place who used to work for Seat, He said that there was a bloke there who overtightened the engine mount securing bolts and everyone of them snapped after a while. These Cambelts are not hard so there should be no excuse for sloppy workmanship!

Glad your ok though mate!!
 

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Thanks for the kind words guys..

I am okay, just a pissed off.. But it could hae been a whole lot worse.

Just waiting to see what damage this has caused.. But i aint pay jack sh!t to the bloody numb nut
 

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Thanks for the kind words guys..

I am okay, just a pissed off.. But it could hae been a whole lot worse.

Just waiting to see what damage this has caused.. But i aint pay jack sh!t to the bloody numb nut
Exactly! [:mad:] Don't give them an inch! It could have been critical, tell them that if they refuse to admit it! [:(]
 

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When you do the cambelt/water pump you have to change the stretch bolts.  I think (but correct me if i'm wrong) that these are used in the engine mounts.  They can only be used once.  I reckon they didn't change them in yours and they have since snapped / broken.  It's incompetent workmanship.
 

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When i had my cambelt changed i got my car back and everytime i pulled away there was a loud knock from the engine bay took it back and they didnt do up the left hand side engine mount!! never taking my car back there again!!!
 

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To replace the cambelt the drivers side engine mount has to be removed and I believe this uses stretch bolts which should be replaced with new ones to prevent exactly what you have described.
 

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All engine mount bolts MUST be replaced with new bolts.

I'd just got trading standards involved and get the gimp of a mechanic to pay for the dealer to do the work, as what guarantees you got that he'll do it right a second time!!!!!!!!!
 

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All engine mount bolts MUST be replaced with new bolts.

I'd just got trading standards involved and get the gimp of a mechanic to pay for the dealer to do the work, as what guarantees you got that he'll do it right a second time!!!!!!!!!
I bet you wouldn't Adam and Eve it.. I am a Trading Standards Officer, but i have also known this mechanic for over 30 years. It's the first fu*k up he's made on any of my cars, so i have to play it cool..

He knows the score and i told him today about the stretch bolts, after reading this post. He admitted he didn't change them and was unaware he was supposed to have until i told him.

He's got the car and knows he has to sort what ever damage has been done. I have a rented car that he has hired for me.

I have cut him a new lease of life, lets just hope he takes it ;)

Me is lucky to be posting here tho tbf :(
 

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The unbelievable happened on Monday. Put my foot down in 1st and pop, like an exhust blowing. Pulled over, popped the bonnet and yes u gussed it. The top engine mounting bolt had gone, leaving the engine leaning to one side :(

A chap i knew, who is a semi mechanic walked by had a look. He said it should be ok to drive back to my office. I had driven no more that 1/2 mile up the road and doing no more than 5mph coming up to a junction and pop the cambelt tares and the car dies.

Checked the belt and it had disintigrated :(

After 3.5 hrs in the cold, waiting for the breakdown company to finally send a low loader and not the 2 other pick ups to i needed to recover me. I finally got dropped back to work.

The mechanic that did the work , has only just had a look at the damage today, and promises to take it in next week.

What do you think the chance of my valves being bent are?

What could be causing the stress on the upper engine mount, to make it go like that?

(Another mount maybe?)

Help me :(

Few pics of the damage>>

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UPDATE TO MY BAD RUN OF LUCK>>

Just been informed by the garage that the part of the top engine block that joins the engine to the top engine mount has

snapped off :(. The only option they say is a new engine, as the valves may also be gone... They say no wealding can be done to fix the

fault.

So i either need a newAGU I.8T engine or i have to sell the car as bits.

Any suggestions or interested parties plz apply :)
 
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