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Old 08-25-2011, 07:42 AM
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My timing belt went on fire!?

This happened my mivec yesterday as I was driving to a concert. The car was running perfect and I was accelerating from 60mph up to about 70mph on the motorway when I felt something snap or break and the car died. I immediately thought "oh s**t my timing belt" and pulled over straight away. I had my timing belt, tensioner and water pump done less than 7,000miles ago so I was doubting myself when I thought about it but when I popped the bonnet there was smoke coming from the timing belt cover and a strong burning smell. When my dad came to tow me home I took off the cover (I hadn't a socket set in the car) and the belt had completely disintegrated. All that was left was some melted rubber, a few small strands of the timing belt and dust.
What do you think caused this to happen? Could a faulty/loose tensioner cause that much damage to a timing belt or is there a chance oil got on it when it was fitted and caused it to deteriorate and finally give up?
I haven't had time to inspect the engine and see if it caused much damage, there was no noise when it happened so I'm hoping the engine is ok, although that's unlikely, but I'll have time over the weekend to investigate further.
I just want to know what yer thoughts are on what might have caused it?
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Re: My timing belt went on fire!?

Well once you figure out what happened there should be some sort of warranty on that timing belt if it was manufacture defect and it hasnt been too long. Sorry to hear this man that sucks.
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Re: My timing belt went on fire!?

Ya I was thinking that, either if it was the timing belt or tensioner that's faulty there should be a warranty and I have all the receipts. I'm going to drop it to my mechanic in the morning cause I haven't time to look at it over the next week and there's no point in leaving it sit in the yard but I should have news on it fairly soon if he's not too busy.
Thanks, it does suck pretty bad, but I'm just lucky it happened so close to home and not when I was nearly at the concert cause it's a 2 and a half hour drive. Also, my brother kindly did a lot of work to his track car last night after I told him about my car so I'm going to have his mivec for as long as I need it. He went to a lot of trouble to do it for me so it's really sweet of him.

Oh, and I'm a girl
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Re: My timing belt went on fire!?

that's unfortunate!
i hope nothing to serious happened
best of luck with the fixing.
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Re: My timing belt went on fire!?

sorry bout that lol
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Re: My timing belt went on fire!?

Ha no worries it happens all the time ^^

Thanks PrOd1gy, I can't wait to find out exactly what the damage is so I can decide what to do but I've a good few options either way and worst case scenario I'll just part-out the car (they're nearly worth more that way) and buy something else. I've a few cars in mind already
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Re: My timing belt went on fire!?

ive seen a tensioner on a d16a6 that locked up and melted a timing belt. its possible that either the tension or any of the other rotating assemblies might have siezed causing the timing belt to heat up and melt till it finally broke.
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