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Old 31st May 2008, 21:00   #1
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my car, Skoda Octavia 1.9TDi had met with an accident a few days ago.

My dad tried to start it but i wouldn't start.

Took it to the workshop, apart from all the bodywork, here's what they said:

(they talked to dad, not a very technical person, i will be talking to the service guy on monday)

the alternator belt broke because of the accident,
since we tried to start the engine,

the broken belt damaged the timing belt and also some fragments have gone into the engine.

he was supposed to open the engine today (i dont know what he meant by that).

Now, i will be getting a clearer pictue of this on monday.

i dont understand how broken a alternator belt, (which is on the external side, which connects the crank, starter motor and alternator) can damage the timing belt,
which usually has a strong metal shield protecting it ?

also, on the octi, is it a timing belt or a chain?

i dont know about any other car, i just have a CBR600RR engine i work on and that has a chain,
and belts slip, so, how can they be used for timing purposes? it should be a chain.

please correct me if i am wrong.

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Huh??? A broken Aletrnator/Serpentine belt causing a broken timing belt?? I don't think that's possible since my car's alternator belt came off some time back & drove it without the alternator/power steering functioning for 120 kms at a stretch and there was no damage to any other part of the car!
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A very nasty accident seemingly with great impact. What I've not understood is that how the alternator belt, that also happens to be the main belt driving the AC compressor and the power steering, snapped? Secondly, what do you mean by fragments entering the engine?

As you apprehended, I don't see any relation between the timing belt/chain and the alternator belt. If the main belt has snapped then it should not damage the timing chain/belt.

Please get a second opinion..

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my car, Skoda Octavia 1.9TDi had met with an accident a few days ago.

My dad tried to start it but i wouldn't start.

Took it to the workshop, apart from all the bodywork, here's what they said:

(they talked to dad, not a very technical person, i will be talking to the service guy on monday)

the alternator belt broke because of the accident,
since we tried to start the engine,

the broken belt damaged the timing belt and also some fragments have gone into the engine.

he was supposed to open the engine today (i dont know what he meant by that).

Now, i will be getting a clearer pictue of this on monday.

i dont understand how broken a alternator belt, (which is on the external side, which connects the crank, starter motor and alternator) can damage the timing belt,
which usually has a strong metal shield protecting it ?

also, on the octi, is it a timing belt or a chain?

i dont know about any other car, i just have a CBR600RR engine i work on and that has a chain,
and belts slip, so, how can they be used for timing purposes? it should be a chain.

please correct me if i am wrong.

here are some pictures
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What I've not understood is that how the alternator belt, that also happens to be the main belt driving the AC compressor and the power steering, snapped? Secondly, what do you mean by fragments entering the engine?
even i dont know how it broke, but it did.

the accident happened in pune, i have my exams going on, so couldnt go to see.

I will be going there on monday, and also talking to them for the first time on monday.

I am sure there is some missing info.

and skoda guys are known to rip people off.

will keep you guys updated.

anyone had a similar experience?
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I don't see how a damaged alternator belt can possibly ruin the timing belt.

secondly i think skodas have timing chains and not belts (for that matter don't most modern diesels have timing chains - swift diesel for example)

timing belts have deep cut grooves on them that seat perfectly on the cam gear and hence slippage is never an issue unless we're talking about an old car which has quite a few kms put on it.

the accident seems like it wasn't much. i'm sure the driver and occupants were shaken up but look.....hardly any damage other than for the front fender panel and portion of the bonnet. how on earth did something like that snap the alternator belt???? thats wierd!!!
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If you call a 2004 Scorpio as modern then it has timing gears instead of chain/belt. The modern Safaris/Dicors have timing belts.

Snapping of timing belt/chain in a diesel car results in major damage such as bent valves, broken piston heads etc., resulting in complete overhaul.

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secondly i think skodas have timing chains and not belts (for that matter don't most modern diesels have timing chains - swift diesel for example)

timing belts have deep cut grooves on them that seat perfectly on the cam gear and hence slippage is never an issue unless we're talking about an old car which has quite a few kms put on it.
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the timing belt/chain was changed in the last srvice.
they change it at 60k km.

i think those guys must have not done it properly and hence all these problems.

cant wait to talk to him and seeing what has happened, i m getting that itchhy feeling.
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Its a Skoda dealer, what else do you expect? The truth? Please do get a second opinion on the damage, preferably from an indepedent shop.
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Fragements entering engine ..?
What do they mean ?

And Alternator belt snapped so timing belt also got damaged and parts entered into engine. I dont understand this.

If these is really the truth, would like to upgrade myself, but in all possibility, its not likely that things have entered the engine and they are opening the engine, and that should be mostly not necessary.
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the guys at the shop are probably ripping you off. broken alternator belt cannot cause the timing belt/chain the break.
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Old 2nd June 2008, 22:25   #11
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Default here is what happened

went there and saw what has happened.

The dealer was right.
i saw the broken belt et all.

here is what happened and how,
the alternator belt is quite close to the right hand side of the car, so it broke.

Now comes the shokker,
SKODA 1.9TDI HAS A TIMING BELT AND NOT A CHAIN.
AND THAT FLIMSY BELT DOES NOT HAVE A FULL METAL SHIELD.


so, the broken alternator belt damaged the timing pulley, which resulted in belt failure,
which resulted in BENT VALVES.

luckily cylinder heads havent been damaged
the valves and cam shaft were to go for machining today.
there was nothing gone into the engine as mentioned earlier.

the total cost of everything would be close to 300k !!

this is crap engineering, even timing chains should be well protected,
and here is a timing BELT that is not protected.
thts hopeless engineering.

i think its extreme cost cutting or trying to get more damaged part hence more selling of spare parts.
whatever it is, it sucks bigtime

will be posting pictures soon

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It was also a lack of common sense to start the car up when it was obvious there was damage in the engine bay.

Did you expect the engine to be encapsulated in a anothet metal box. The car has suffered a major impact. If you want a car to be immune to such impact buy a hummer or an amby
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the accident does not look that sever to result in such expensive damage.

and i agree about not using protective covers for such critical parts. a rat bit off some wires in my skoda. fortunately it was just headlamp wires so no damage done. but i heard rats biting off more interesting parts resulting in heavy repair bills. such problems wont arise if they use adequate protective covers.

hey is it possible to post the entire estimate/quote the dealer gave you? it will be very useful info.
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Jalsa,

Agreed the timing belt is on the right side of thr car, but looking at the pictures I do not think it's possible that the timing belt should have any damage forget breaking off.

Timing belts and bearing should cost you around 8500 bucks - add 2000 bucks labour for that. :O

I also would suggest you to get a 2nd opinion - but it seems like the owrk has already started on your car.

I see a mention of bent valves - buddy which dealer have you taken the car to ?

EDIT - just saw that you changed the timing belt at 60000 kms. How much did it cost ?

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@jalsa777:

Thanks for upgrading us all about the presence of timing belt and not timing chain.
The fact that this does not have a timing belt cover is not good that too for such an expensive machine.

The part BENT VALVES again seems somewhat non-understandable. Please ask for explanation and post here. It is mostly not possible that the valves got BENT.

Looking forward to images.
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