Rover Street Wise- with a Timing Belt Problem.

I must admit that when I heard about a Rover Street Wise car in to us with an engine problem,

I could not remember what one looked like? The car is a beefed up version of the Rover 25, but in my opinion the car is far better looking and I think that it made the car more appealing to younger drivers. The owner of this car is only in his mid- twenties, so I may be right.

When the car arrived it was 1.4 petrol driven 2003 model, and the engine appeared to be locked out. The Rover Street Wise differed from the Rover 25, because the car some additional body panels fitted and a raised height. The car was said at the time to look a little outdated, but to the trade’s surprise, the car took off and sold well. To some people the car was a tough little car and it looked the part too.

The Rover Street Wise was built from 2003 to 2005, when the last one rolled off the assembly line at the Longbridge Plant. Over the life of the cars, known faults have reared there ugly heads, including a faulty Security Control Unit (SCU). This fault comes in all sorts of forms from, the horn not working or another small electrical item such as the electric windows not

rover street wise

Timing belt just visible

working, to bigger problems, with the central locking, alarm and immobilisers knocked the car out of commission. If you had such a problem then you were not able to drive the car at all.

Dealers were rubbing their hands, charging anything from £700 to £1000 for a new SCU fitting. However the car that we had in was another problem. The owner of the car had lent it to his friend for the day. The friend went shopping and when he got back to the and tried to start it, he heard a loud bang and the engine acted as though it was dead, in fact the engine had locked.

Rover Street Wise engine had locked?

This can happen when a car runs out of engine oil, but with this car this was not the case. The AA brought the car to my garage here in Halifax in the UK and Ryan took a look, to see what he could find wrong with the car. The car owner was not one of our regular customers and it turned out that he had previously had a timing belt fitted at the garage where he normally goes.

Suspecting that this might be the seat of the problem we started to take a look at the timing belt area. There was the problem, the engine had locked because the timing tension-er had come loose and the timing belt had jumped three cogs. This had caused the valves on the engine to close. The exhaust valve closed and so would not release the gases or the pressure and so the engine would not turn and was locked.

The Rover Street Wise owner was very lucky that the valves did not cause any damage to the cylinder head itself as is the usual scenario when a timing belt slips or breaks, it normally makes a mess of the engine and can be very costly, that is why you must replace the timing belt at the times designated by the car manufacturers, and if possible with Rover Street Wise genuine Parts. The guy was very lucky indeed.

The Rover Street Wise owner gave us permission to carry out any work that was required, and he would try to claim off the garage that did the original job, a couple of weeks before.

 Rover Street Wise

Timing markings done in tip-ex marker to align the cogs teeth on the Rover Street Wise

Ryan began the work by removing the other two auxiliary belts (fan belts) and then supported the engine before removing the engine mounting.

He removed the timing belt cover and then marked the sprockets with white tip-ex

to mark where the original setting was to assess how far one of the cams was out of alignment due to the timing belt previously skipping some cogs. He then consulted the auto-data computer program to find he correct settings for this type of engine. Ryan them proceeded to mark-up the correct setting  using a ruler to make sure that the cogs were straight and marking the cogs in the correct position.

Ryan then built the parts back up and the engine then run fine. This is what I enjoy most about owning a garage, the fact that we just do not know what we might get in next. The owner picked up his and his friend was very relieved because he thought that he had blown up his friend’s engine.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Rover Cars Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Peugeot 107-Calls In for a Fan Belt Fitting

Lady driver with a Peugeot 107 Calls In for a Fan Belt Fitting

This little car from Peugeot is a favorite little about town car and is the same car as the Citroen C1 and the Toyota Aygo. The particular model of the 107 that we had in with problems,

Peugeot 107,fan belt

Old damaged water pump that caused the fan belt to break

had a 1.0 liter three cylinder engine fitted, with a brake horse power of 68, which is really enough for about town driving, but when I have road tested them in hilly Halifax, then they are lacking in power and I have to change right down to second gear to negotiate a fairly moderate hill. In general though the little car is nippy around town and is a favorite with lady drivers. In fact our customer with the problems was a lady driver.

She in fact loves her little Peugeot 107 and loves the way that the car handles when parking and maneuvering, with an excellent turning circle. She did however think that the car does bang and rattle a little when driving over bumpy roads, the suspension is a little hard and some of our other customers have had suspension problems, but like the rest of the country we have been plagued with numerous potholes here in the Halifax area of Yorkshire.

But in general this does not deter the customers from buying these charming little She in fact loves her little Peugeot 107 and loves the way that the car handles when parking and maneuvering, with an excellent turning circle cars, that as I say are more suitable for driving about town, I suppose it is similar to the a modern version of the old Peugeot 106, which had similar characteristics in a bygone driving era.

However; back to the lady with the broken fan belt.

The lady presented us with Peugeot 107 Petrol engine 2007 model, which she thought that she had a broken fan belt. When we examined the car we found that fan belt had indeed come off, but this had been caused by the water pump having a seized up bearing and was also leaking water.

To correct the problem the with her little Peugeot 107 and loves the way that the car handles when parking and maneuvering, with an excellent turning circle had to have a new water pump and fan belt. This type of water pump comes complete with its own bearings and is a relatively easy job to replace. The

Peugeot 107,water pump and fan belt

New water pump complete with a new fan belt

whole job took about one hour from start to finish and the lady was able to have a coffee and relax in our reception watching the Commonwealth Games on the receptions TV.

Peugeot 107,water pump

New water pump fitted in place

In my opinion this one of the big advantages of owning an independent garage, we are able to repair cars with such problems, while the customers can wait in the pleasant surroundings of a well-equipped reception area. This of course stems back to the days when we were more commonly known as kwick-fit centres, fitting things like brakes , exhaust systems and tyres while the customer waited for the job doing. We of course still do this but cars have become much more sophisticated and the repair times have become much longer, so on some jobs the traditional booking in the car system has to be used, because of the time it may take to carry out the work.

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.