1983 Toyota Camry, 70,000 miles, 4clyd engine.
About two weeks ago, my car's timing belt broke. I had it towed to the local toyota service center, where they replaced the timing belt and driver belt for $450. Just a few days ago, however, my car broke down in the exact same manner as it did when the timing belt broke. I had it towed to the same service center.
However, they are now telling me that the timing belt broke AGAIN, but that it is not their fault! Their claim is that my water pump failed and this caused the timing belt to break, which in turn gauged the timing belt cover. They say they will replace the water pump, gasket, thermostat and timing belt cover for $300, and throw in the new timing belt and labor on that at no charge.
What should I do--this seems pretty suspicious, and I'd like to know if they are really responsible for the second broken timing belt and are just trying to screw me out of an extra $300?
PS: Wouldn't they know if the water pump was 10 days away from failing when they repaired the timing belt the first time? And is it even possible that a failed water pump would cause a broken timing belt?
Monday, February 12th, 2007 AT 1:05 PM