V6 timing belt + Water pump change.
What can I say other than this is the hardest thing I have ever done on a car. Harder even than replacing the clutch and getting the damn rear bank Manicat off the car!
The amount of nuts and bolts that need to be removed is ridiculous. So many of them are completely inaccessible and most of them are super tight.
The top idler is completely seized onto the top engine mount bracket and nothing is shifting it, not even my 450nm imapct gun, all It did was machine the hex of screw into a nice smooth O. The idler is still in great shape and like new so I am considering leaving it on for now and dealing with it on the next belt change.
The good news is I have most likely found the cause of my rough idle. The inlet cam on the rear bank was quite considerably out of time and the exhaust cam on the same bank was slightly out of time. Not quite sure what to make of this as the timing belt receipt in the service history was from a well known Alfa specialist.
Using this oppertunity to clean up the cam covers and repaint, and clean a lot of inlet components too so the engine should look quite smart when I am done.
Anyone considering doing this, you need £250 of specialist tools (cam locks, deep 41mm socket, impact driver, pro quality 19mm spanner and 25mm spanner, pro quality allen keys, 1/4" drive 10mm socket + tiny driver) and the parts required cost another £300, you won't spend much more if you get a pro to do it.
If/when I do this again, the engine is coming right out!
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