Outside last night helpping hubby (Dean) to change cambelt, variator and balancing belt. Cam locks used, did have to turn engine over slightly to line cams up for locking bolts. through links from you guys watched a vidoe on changing a cam belt on an alfa (in dutch) and also printed of instructions. Everything went well so we thought, belts just a little fiddly to get on but everything lined up nicely.
Checked and double checked then started engine.........
Well the good news is engine doesn't sound like a diesel anymore
theres a ticking/tapping sound which hubby thinks is a valve. Can't think how it happened other than when we turned engine over to line cams up which we did very slowly and carefully.
Needless to say hubby is cross and upset... I know because he walked to the far end of the garage, placed his hands on the door and banged his head a couple of times before coming back to me. He's fustrated because it's a big job to take the head off and straighten a valve, which he can do he just wishes he didn't have to do it. Fustrated as he doesn't know how we bent the valve unless it was already there and hidden by the diesel noise.
Hubby says he can probably straighten the valve at work if its not to bad and he's going to skim (or is it shim) the head while it's off.
Any helpful constructive advise gratefully received, especially on any hidden pitfalls etc..
PS I didn't get upset or cross, I'm a very calm person and it's only metal at the end of the day and can be mended even if it is arguably the best metal in the world ... an Alfa.