It is sad to be in such a situation.
First thing is how sure you are that it is the oil filter that caused the problem?
During replacement of the timing belt, if the oil seals were replaced, any fault with installation can result in loss of engine oil causing the engine to seize.
I would get a second opinion on the cause of the problem because the engine has been running for such a period of time and suddenly it seized due to a loose oil filter that was replaced many months ago, that is something I would not readily accept as an answer.
Monday, September 17th, 2012 AT 6:36 AM