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Join Date: Aug 2003
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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 icarlisle:
<strong>The Service Manager told me that Alfa specify a visual inspection at 36k and if the cambelt looks worn or "shiny" they will replace it. Otherwise, 72k is still the official replacement mileage.
I queried this, saying I know they often go at around 60k and she said she knows and that Alfa should really move it forward. I guess the dealers are bound by what Alfa tell them...</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">You are correct in saying that the "official" Alfa UK statement is to visually inspect the belts at 36000miles and the "official" change point as far as Alfa UK is concerned is still 72000miles.
However as I said before, Alfa in EVERY other country is saying REPLACE the belts at 36000miles. You canít properly inspect a belt unless you remove it, and you would NEVER put the old belt back on.
I have friends in the service side of an Alfa UK main dealer and other friends that are a very well known and respected independent Alfa specialist in the UK; they both agree that Alfa UKís statement is very misleading.
For example, they have both had cases where the belts looked ok, but when removed revealed teeth that were coming away from the main part of the belt.
Remember, that if you donít change the belts at 36000miles, they will not even be looked at until 72000miles, and they will probably fail before that.