E-Mail from Alfa Concerning Cam-belt Changes
Clarity on Cam-belt Change interval on Alfa 156
I wonder if you could help
I own a 156 2.5.
There has been much controversy concerning the Cam-belt interval on the Alfa models of Late.
Please could you clarify the latest changes that Alfa Romeo Italy has released concerning the matter.
It seems that the Twin Sparks have been adjusted to 60000Km or 3 Years, which ever comes first but no one seems sure as to what the 2.5's are.
Is the Twin-spark now 60000 and three years?
And what is the interval of the 2.5.
What is recommended during these services, does it now include the Idler pulley, tensioner pulley as well as the Cam Variator?
Your help in this respect will be gladly appreciated.
Obviously Discretion and common sense will always apply
2.5 engines, with prior 1999 warranty booklet the cam-belt change is 60.000km
After 1999, cam-belt interval is 120 000km or every three years on harsh conditions or 5 years regardless mileage. Also with a 60 000 km inspection for condition. No variators in this engine.
T.S. engines: The dealers have a news action, stated that engines up to a range had to have the belt changed with pulleys (if not already replaced) regardless of mileage. Thereafter the belt will fall into the check as below.
Belt check at 60 000km service, any signs of dust, wear, tension and condition of pulleys, (through different environments) then the replacement must be done.
The belt replacement then will be on the 120 000km or 3 years or 5 years (see below), and again the pulleys must be inspected for wear.
All Belts replacement on 3 years, with harsh conditions as: cold climates, city driving or prolonged lengths of time idling, dusty areas, or every 5 years regardless mileage.
The variator should be replaced when and if diagnosed as noisy.
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