I have been having problems with my car overheating and leaking antifreeze, so I took it into the mechanic. They ran a diagnostic test and it was the water pump so we had that replaced. They suggested that we do the timing belt at the same time as the water pump since a lot of that labor is the same however it was going to double our bill, and we could not afford it so we said no.
When I picked up my car, it was idling extremely rough. When I told the manager about this he said that the problem should straighten itself out within a day. A day went by and I'm still having palms with a really rough idle. When I called the mechanic back another manager answered and explained to me that the timing belt tension with off because I did not replace it when I replaced the water pump. He told me that the tension pulleys are now bad because they had to be taken off and put back on but were not replaced. I was told by the manager that this would cause the part to not function correctly.
I am wondering if this is a legitimate issue or a mechanic screwup that they are not wanting to fix. Can replacing my water pump but not my timing belt cause The tension pulleys to function incorrectly.
have the same problem?
Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 AT 4:36 PM