Water pump seizing caused timing belt failure?
My 2002 Audi TT engine was destroyed last week due to (what the dealer is saying) was a water pump seizing up, which caused the timing belt to fail, resulting in catastrophic engine damage.
Here are the details of why I think there is something sketchy going on here:
- The car has 42K miles on it
- The same dealership serviced the car (for unrelated items) in July 2008--which was the same month the Class Action lawsuit letter came out from Audi.
- The dealer did NOT inspect the timing belt or even mention it to me at that time (I think the car had about 38K miles on it at the time)
- If the timing belt caused the engine catastrophe, Audi warranty would cover it; if the water pump seizing caused the timing belt to destroy the engine, I pay for it ($6500).
I had the car towed to a non-dealership mechanic for a second opinion.
Please help me find out what I should be asking, doing, looking for, researching to get some help with this and some cash out of Audi if possible.
Furthermore, do water pumps just "seize" and could they cause the timing belt to fail?