Ford Focus. 2007. 96,000 miles
I took my car to a shop For a tire alignment. I’ve been a customer of this shop for about a year now and trusted their recommendations. The owner recommended to have my chassis and suspension inspected which I agreed to. Once this was done it was recommended to replace my Front Engine Crank seal which I also agreed on due to an identified leak. 30 miles after the repair was made my car does not start. I take it back to them and the shop tells me I’ll have to replace the engine. I had a licensed mechanic friend drop by and he saw a broken timing belt on the engine.
When the owner tried to sell me on the engine he never once mentioned a broken timing belt as the cause for the engine breaking. He later came back and offered to replace the motor at his cost of $1500 which he would make ‘no’ money on. He also asserts that he only had to move the timing chain cover and didn’t have to mess with the timing chain to make the repair. I believe he’s trying to pull one over on me.
Is he trying to pull one over on me?
Is it possible for the timing chain to just break?
Would he have to mess with the timing chain to access the front crank seal?
Is it possible for my car to run with an improperly installed chain and if so how? How could it have ran without issue and crapped out at 30 miles with no warning signs?
Last but not least:
Is he at fault for my engine breaking?