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I've been seeing a lot of people on this forum mentioning the timing belt to be changed at 36k. I just got the 36k miler done and it wasn't changed, so I checked the book and it says change out at 72k. I know a lot of damage can occur if this bugger snaps, so is it worth getting it done at the 48k interval?

Any feedback from people who got it done early or who left it to the 72k interval?

Also, a laughing mates 156 just got the 48k miler done and they swapped out his plugs. I thought this was a 60k job?

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The service shedule is still 72000 miles (I believe) for the Cambelt.
However Alfa UK are now recomending that the belt is changed at 3 years 36000miles due to the high number of belt failures before the 72000mile mark.

Some dealers seem to be suggesting that an inspection at 36000miles will do but in reality you would need to take the belt off to examine it so may as well replace it.

Hit the search button and do a search on cambelt in the 147,156,166 lounge and select subject only.

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You can drive without the worry - I just got mine done after buying 2nd hand at 46k miles

Remember to het all the tensioners n' bits done at the same time
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I had the cambelt changed a while ago at the 60k service together with the sparkplug. I am now approaching the 96k service and after reading all these post, I am concerned.

Should I have it changed at 96k, ie: 36k aftyer the first cambelt replacement.

Does it make any difference to the camblet wear and tear that most of my mileage is motorway ?

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ok i think you should be really careful with the timing belt very critical had mine planned for 60 k ut at 58 k my alternator had my car electricity going besurk so i had to fix it and since the v6 doesnt give u a lot of room to manouver the mechanic aadviced me to change the cambelt along since the alternator wwas right under it and had to take out the upper part of the engine
since i had all the tensioners and bearings i agreed and had them changed
but the cool / scary thing thing that one of the tensioners had started to eat up itself, deteriorate
so good thing i didnt leave it to 60 then snap
now my alternator still has problems and ive decided to get a new one instead of trying to fix it

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I assume that belt age and climate will also have an effect on the condition of the belt.

In a very hot, cold, dusty or humid climate the belt is going to deteriorate quicker.

My car is nearly 4 years old but has done only 33,000 kms. Iím thinking of changing the belt this year.
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Pascs:
I assume that belt age and climate will also have an effect on the condition of the belt.

In a very hot, cold, dusty or humid climate the belt is going to deteriorate quicker.

My car is nearly 4 years old but has done only 33,000 kms. Iím thinking of changing the belt this year.<hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">your right, natural ageing is a factor with the belts.
The current recommended change point of every 3years/36000miles/60000km (which ever comes first) still applies, but you should be ok if you change it this year at the 4year/80000km service.

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I heard from a dealer that a 156 of some description turns up at their workshop with a snapped cambelt EVERY WEEK !

Originally, they were supposed to be changed at 72k, but checked at 24 and 48, I think. They've now changed it to checking the cambelt at 36 and recommending you change them at 60.

A garage that specialises in Integrales, Evolution Engineering, recommends they are changed (on Integrales) at 40k and thereafter every 25k.

The typical cost of a cambelt change is £200. The typical cost of a top end rebuild (required if your cambelt snaps) is £2,000.

Listen out for a flapping noise. Sometimes, when cambelts become loose (with age) they can 'flap' about and hit the inside of the plastic cambelt cover. In this event, do not drive the car at all and have it towed to a dealer.

A cambelt doesn't even have to snap to cause damage, it can just jump a few teeth and result in bent valves.

All in all, don't take chances. Change them early, just for peace of mind.

£200 is ten times less than £2,000 !

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my cambelt on my 147 went yesteray at 44k so guess a 36k change would have been good for me! luckily got an extended warranty so cost is covered as has mashed up all the valves

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