After talking with Henry (my friend’s dad/mechanic) and somehow describing what little mechanical information I took in this morning – okay maybe I described something as, small and white – he has diagnosed my car as potentially having a dud timing belt. Eg. Snap. Finis. No more.
This may turn out quite expensive.
are you sure it may not be the ignition module? I have an 88 corolla, and mine died. I had to push it around a busy round about in peak hour traffic!
Timing Belts are no biggy. I got mine replaced (in an 89 Corolla Wagon) last time I had it serviced. Only cost about $30.
The ignition module however……
I don’t know how a timing belt could possibly be small and white. Its a big rubber strap. mhmmm. Ignition modules may be small and white… but there are in fact, a lot of small white things under the bonnet of a car.
Its one thing getting your timing belt replaced (or an ignition module) its another thing entirely when the timing belt snaps and sends valve-heads smacking into pistons. Usually that makes a lot of loud crunching noises, and may include bits of metal flying around.
So… i dont know if that helps any… but i guess you’ll know soon enough. Hope it turns out cheaperish!
Why don’t you just buy a new car? 🙂
thats some bad luck right there. i know what its like to have car troubles. it sucks. hopefully it wont turn out tooooo expensive for you.
I can pretty confidently say it’s not the ‘small and white’ ignition module. The RACV guy pulled that out and put in a new one to see if that was the case, if so it would have cost me ~$90. But that wasn’t the issue.
Nice to see you round here Jonny! Haven’t caught up in any way whatsoever for ages. The potential $30 solve the problem would be fantastic! There was no metal flying around timmo, just a slow chug to a standstill. Henry didn’t seem to concerned when he mentioned that he though it could be the belt.
As to buying a new car Louise, that’s probably as far from my budget as a budgie is from England. Remember that I don’t officially work at the moment, and when I do it’ll be ‘moving out money’ followed by, ‘replace the camera’ money etc… Fred will have to cope, we’ll just have to hope that the car doesn’t stuff up again any time soon.