Friday, 3 June 2011
No boating this weekend!
The other day, whilst out on a trip to Settle, a grating noise could be heard from the engine department. The car continued to run OK, and a quick look under the hood revealed nothing untoward, so we continued our journey. A few miles down the road, the battery warning light came on, quickly followed by the flashing STOP warning lights and the coolant temperature warning light. Another look revealed a missing alternator belt.
Having managed to get the car safely home, I again searched the Internet forums on "shredded alternator belt Peugeot 107" and found that literally hundreds of owners had suffered the same problem, all as a result of a failed water pump. All occurrences were around the 50,000 miles mark, which is where I suppose ours is.
A visit to our local garage was met with "oh another one of those" when I explained the problem, and of course it was! When the owner contacted his parts supplier it was a case of "we have sold dozens of those, I think they have modified them now".
So, this weekend, the car is in for repairs instead of us boating. This one will cost approximately £100 for a genuine (modified) Peugeot pump, £15 for a drive belt, and two hours labour. If you have a Peugeot 107 with mileage approaching 50,000, beware! And to make matters worse, the weather has turned again, to hot and sunny!
Posted by Peter Berry