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MG MGF Technical - Camshaft failure
|I just borrowed my wifes MGF VVC for 1 day and what do you know the engine packs up on me.|
Had it towed to my local garage, who aren't MGF specialists, and they say that a bolt that holds the camshaft in place had come loose, causing Armagedon inside the cylinder head. They spoke to the the local Rover garage who recommended a new engine at £3000
Although its 7 years old its only done 21000 miles. Does this all this sound likely, I'm not very mechanically minded?
If so who would you recommend I go to to get it sorted out?
Unfortunately it sounds all too likely. I should try the MGF specialists regarding firstly assessing the state of the engine (in all probability beyond repair) and secondly in sourcing a replacement engine. You could try Brown and Gammons, or The MGF Centre in Wolverhampton, who have a good reputation re sourcing replacement engines.
|It's a known problem with the early VVCs, should have been recalled some time long ago to have it 'fixed', but some failed after this anyhows.|
If you decide to scrap the engine then Victoria from MGF centre should be able to sort a low milage VVC of the newer design and you might even get a little more BHP from it. If the garage are just going to stick the old unit in the bin could I take it off your hands, I need a buck to work out the locations of the engine mounts in my midget shell, but I don't really want to pay for it as I will be junking it afterwards.
|That recall Will mentions was back in 1998 - more detail here: http://www.mgf.ultimatemg.com/group2/common_problems/recalls/MGF_recalls.htm#r2|
Sounds exactly what has happened to you. Mike Satur does a 'life saver' kit that replaces this bolt - but sadly that is not much use to you now :o(
Bad news, but can recommend the course of action advised by Kes regarding sourcing a suitable replacement engine.
|Thanks for all the comments, sounds depressing. I do remember this recall back in 98 and I was done at the next service. In this case do you think there is any chance of a claim against MGR?|
If we do junk the engine Will, which sounds likely, I'll bear you in mind.
|Graham, I used to live in Reading and I can recommend Beechhill web site is.|
Give them a bell you have nothing to loose. Dont purchase a new motor from Rover!
|Beech Hill are a bit different these days since Ted retired and William took over !|
I agree with others that a good s/hand engine can be sourced from MGF centre, and to get the work done at a reasonable cost (estimate under half the Rover labour rate) I would recommend Summit Motors mg specialists in Maidenhead - one if the staff races an MGF so they are very well versed in working on them.
|>> In this case do you think there is any chance of a claim against MGR? <<|
I guess it's worth asking about Graham, but I wouldn't hold out too much hope for a successful resolution from that direction :o(
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