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Cam Belt Change

I thought i knew a decent amount about mechanics and my car itself, but 4 dealers and 3 Alfa specialist have managed to confuse the hell out of me!

I'e got a 2000 156 1.8 TS SP3.
My Cambelt has gone (no internal damage, just the belt thankfully)

But when getting pricing from garages Ive had 5 different sets of answers and info, which if anyone here has knowledge on, please help!

In summarising all the info given to me thus far I apparently need to replace:

The Cam belt itself
The variator
Rocker Gasket
V Belt
Aux Belt (are these two the same V & Aux?)
Counter Balance Belt (I thought only 2litres had those!)
Tensioners and pulleys for all of the above

If anyone could shed some light, would be greatly appreciated!

What exactly would need doing?
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Hi upwards(how did you come up with this?)
Welcome to the forum dont worry someone will be along soon to help you
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Hi Upwards,

whats the mileage on your motor ??
I think you should only need to change the cambelt and the tensioners, the dealer has probably reccomended you do the other belt (there are only 2 on your car ) as a precaution as while they are in there it makes sense to change both the belts as it takes approx 3 hours, no point in paying for another 3 hours labour replacing the other one a couple of months later - as for the rest of the parts that need replacing - I would have said they are pulling a fast one ???? any one else confirm this ??
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to macp: I got the screen-name from another site and cos me memory isnt what it used to be, its easier to use the same screen-names elsewhere!!

to stewright: Ive done 60K (and its due for its 60K service as well). I know the schedule suggests replacment at 72K, however, my belt has actually strated to breakdown and slaps on the inside of my Cam Belt Cover when the engine runs - As soon as this started, I pulled over and had the car recovered home as nowhere is open on a Sunday- Needless to say, Im not running it until I get the belt changed now. But getting different info and pricing from 8 different places is disconcerting!

I understand that whilst theyre in there, they may as well replace certain other items to save labour. But Its the mis-info regarding the Counter Balance Belt (it doesnt by all accounts have one anyway) and stuff.

Also, one of the garages asked if the car sounds diesely on startup, and suggested that this is caused by the Variator and the Variator malfunctioning may have caused the Cambelt to breakdown...Does this make sense to anyone? They also reckon it is 6 hours labour!

Anyone have any comments or suggestions???
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mmm - 72k is what it says in your manual but since then there have been a few problems which now means they check the cambelt at 36k and replace if there are any sign of wear etc - if not they replace it at 60k - so you have been very unlucky!! One thing I am sure you have come across is garages being able to pull prices and jobs out of there arse!! I have a friend who works at Alfa Romeo in Rochdale who is brilliant and 'honest' and he said to do the two belts would cost 27 for one belt and 19 for the other (not sure which one is which ) and three hours labour - that is all your car requires belt wise - a decent reputable place should fit the tensionors as part of the full job (ie in the price of the belt) , after all they are charging you best part of 210 labour !!

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