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timing / cam belt + balancer belt & tensioner / serpantine belt & tensioner?

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i'm just looking at quotes for a timing belt change and i'm a little confused.

i understand that a cam belt is a timing belt but what exactly is a serpantine belt? is it a balancer belt?

arese spares quote A$238 for a cambelt kit and A$168 for a balancer belt and tensioner. is this all i will need or is there more? note: i've also been quoted A$75 for a rocker cover gasket and i know some people take the opportunity to change the water pump but the local alfa dealer said it's unlikely to need it because it's just a 147.

also how many hours labour should it take? alfa dealer says 3 and a half hours. local mechanic says about 6 hours but his rates are much cheaper.

also what are the risks of the local mechanic doing it. i've been told he may not have the necessary equipment to do it right.
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Re: timing / cam belt + balancer belt & tensioner / serpantine belt & tensioner?

Serpantine belt is the aux belt , the one driving the Alternator, aircon and power steering, and yes thats roughly right for hours , can be done by others if they have the knowledge and reputation of doing a good job on Alfas, special tools are required especially the camblocks, without them its a no no.
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