Once again I have had the dreaded V6 cambelt change with the associated second mortgage bill
A badly whistling water pump - or possibly an idler bearing, I'm not quite sure - brought the change a bit sooner than planned so it was at 52K miles instead of the planned 60K interval.
Cambelt, tensioners, water pump, idlers, aux belts, assorted bolts, fluids blah blah and all for the price of £580 + vat. Not too bad I thought seeing as it was all genuine Alfa parts, after all the pump alone costs about £80. It was actually £60 ish less than the quote, which was rather nice. Quite a few hundred cheaper than the dealer, too.
Actually it cost £95 more than that as a specialist bolt extraction company was needed to get out a corroded and snapped water pump bolt, but that's my bad luck and no reflection on the company who did the work.
Which leads me the main point of this post. A big thanks to Turin Motors of Leeds who are easily the best independent I have experienced so far. They are friendly and helpful and most importantly they know what they are doing. They are reasonably priced and they certainly do the job properly. They replaced corroded and worn bolts instead of ramming the old ones back in again and didn't just bang the belt on, they also checked the timing properly as a standard check and found two cams were one tooth out. It must have been like that since the last change!
I'll say that again for anyone who searches for Turin on the forum. Turin are a recommended independent in my experience.
Anyway, here is a pic of the old water pump showing the lovely cracked impellor (that should provoke a DaveC reply
). At least it lasted over 190K miles so can't complain there! Here is also a pic of the tensioner which is displaying the worrying surface bubbling that seems to be common to this part for some reason, although I've seen worse.
BTW, the cam belt was in fine nick although the teeth were starting to show as a pattern on the back of the belt which I heard is a sign of wear. Maybe someone could confirm that?
Finally, is this the final belt change for me? The clutch is going to fail soon and I'm starting to wonder just how long these engines actually last!