Oi, what a day. Today, doing 60/70MPH on a dual carriageway about 20 minutes out from home, sudden power loss, managed to coast to an exit layby, RAC came out in good time and towed us home. RAC man took one look and diagnosed the cambelt. High probability of extensive engine damage. Getting the car taken to our local Allen Ford garage tomorrow morning on the Ford road side assistance scheme.
Now here is the thing, it went in for its 8 year/100,000 service yesterday at its usual Dagenham Motors garage. It has been serviced yearly at this garage for the seven years that I have owned the car. There are currently 83k miles on the clock. The works sheet does not list anything major and the cam belt was not changed, or to my knowledge inspected. From my convocation with the garage today, i got the distinct impression they were going to try and waive all responsibility. Points of interest were:
1) Not due to be changed as had not passed 100,000 yet (even though this was, technically, the 100,000 service)
2) Checking the cambelt is not standard procedure for a service, because access is difficult.
The fact this has happened the very day after a major service is shocking to me, and i suspect liability from the garage. I just wanted to get an informed opinion of what i should do given my situation.
Thank you internet forum-ites