A pulley broke as I was driving on the highway last week, which caused the timing belt to come off. When the pulley broke, the bolt snapped off, flush with the block. The mechanic spent hours trying to drill it out, with no luck. He talked me out of having him pull the engine to be able to completely drill the bolt out because he wasn't sure the motor would even run once he put a new belt on. HOWEVER, he did say he was able to turn the cranks/cams (please bare with me here, not 100% on exact verbiage to be used), lining them up to notches/marks they're supposed to match up with, which apparently is a good sign. When the belt came off, I didn't hear ANY metal on metal sounds (valves hitting sound?).
So basically, he gave up trying to get that pulley bolt drilled the rest of the way out and convinced me it's not worth me spending the $$$ to have him continue.
Does this sound feasible to any of you who know about this particular problem? I saw for myself the lack of space between the wheel-well and where the bolt for the pulley goes, but it just seems to me there should/could be another alternative to just trashing the car & engine because he's uncertain.
Sunday, October 23rd, 2011 AT 6:33 AM