I have a 2007 Honda Ridgeline. The timing belt, water pump and tensioner were all replaced yesterday. I picked up the truck at about 5:00, drove it home (about 20 miles) and then drove to work this morning. Halfway to work, the dashboard went crazy; first a few idiot lights flashed on and off a few times; then all idiot lights came on, windshield wipers were very slow, anti-theft turned on. A few miles later the entire dashboard went dead - no speedometer, no gas gauge, etc. We were limping along another few miles when the truck died entirely. A call to the dealership where we had the work done yesterday yielded a tow truck and diagnostics. They now tell us that the alternator went, which seems right based on the symptoms. However, they also say it has absolutely nothing at all to do with the work they did yesterday. It seems to be just too much of a coincidence that the truck was perfectly fine before we brought it in and now, after they’ve done work on it, it breaks down on us.
Can there be a connection between changing the timing belt one day and the alternator going the next day?
I just want to make sure I’m not being taken. The work yesterday cost about $1000 and now the alternator today is estimated to be another $425. Ouch!!