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  • ... and to think I thought my underbonnet looked good. More work needed this end!
    Love the spare cover - who and how much please?
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  • Thanks to everyone for their input.
    Everything checks out, no unusual noises, pullies running true etc - just the damaged alternator belt.
    This time it stopped in a more revealing place - it looks like something has stripped one edge off the belt and there is some damage to one of the internal ribs, the pullies look fine.
    I'm working on the 'foreign object' theory, although what and how it could have flicked up is a mystery.
    About to order new cambelt kit (due anyway) and alternator belt, should solve the problem.
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  • An update. Partly relieved, mainly confused!

    The cambelt looks OK (passes the 'leaves slight mark if you press it with a screwdriver' test), the tension is OK, there is no leak around the water pump and there is no apparent damage to it or the alternator. No bearing play on either so far as you can tell.

    But. The alternator belt is slightly damaged along the outer edge (yellow circle in photo) and there are some fibres trapped on the pulley (red circle). No apparent damage to the pulley.

    Any opinions would be most welcome.

    Also is there any harm in starting the engine with the upper cam cover removed - something might become more obvious?
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  • Ah thanks, alternator bearing sounds a possibility. Will have a good look when it cools down. Temperatures are in the mid to high thirties here at the moment!
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  • But the noise was revs-related at a standstill?
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  • FrenchTF created a new forum post in MGF/TF Pitstop
    Can anyone throw some light on this please.

    Trundling along at just over 2,000rpm on a straight road with hardly any throttle when there is a horrendous clanging from behind me which sounds like something being dragged along the road.

    Pulled over straight away, the noise is coming from the engine bay, possibly the RH side, rev related and sounds like a metal to metal clanging.

    There was nothing obvious so I decided to limp home. Made a U-turn (to the left here in France) and the noise reduced during the turn and had disappeared by the time I was straight in the other direction.

    20 or so miles since, running perfectly, no unusual noises, revs freely and ticks over as normal.

    Approx 32,000 miles, about 14,000 since cam belt change (but about 6 years, intend to change soon).

    Any comments or clues would be most Welcome.
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  • FrenchTF created a new forum post in MGF/TF Pitstop
    Cambelts have come into sharp focus this year as have three vehicles which 'should' need them.
    First the TF. Replaced at 18, 600 miles as part of a mis-diagnosed HGF (long story) and now showing only 31, 000. Mileage is obviously
    not relevant, but that last change was in 2014, so the r├ęceived wisdom is that it should be replaced on age alone.
    However I also have a 15 year old Suzuki Vitara with 86,000 on the clock which we now discover missed its cambelt change(s) and is still on its original, and a friend who has an Audi TT with an at least eight year old belt because he didn't realise there was also an age consideration. Our previous Ducato motor home had a recommended mileage change somewhere around 100,000 as I recall and must have been approaching 10 years old when we sold it. (Our current Ducato recommends 5 years - which is this year!)
    So, OK, play safe and so on, but has anyone actually experienced a belt failure attributable to age alone?
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