I'm considering the GGB Engineering camlocks, cos the dealer here says it will take a year, maybe 18 months or so to get the original tools from AR. I don't think GGB supply the tensioner tools with the cam locks, hence my question.
you can buy a kit or you can just buy the cam locks for your particular engine size. I just bought the cam locks for 1.8/2.0. They were about 40 pounds delivered, I am willing to hire them out to anyone as well, see the sticky at the top of the tech page.
Head is now in bits, 15 out of 16 valves bent (proper job)no price for a rebuild yet, but it aint gonna be cheap, some other clown rebuilt the head 2 years ago and managed to hammer in a vauxhall valve guide, so thats gonna take a bit of messing to get out.
They also used 3 Vauxhall Astra valve stem seals, no wonder the bugga used so much oil!!!
Pic enclosed of 7 inlet valves (8 exhaust bent only slightly but still buggered)
Check out my post and the various replies on 'Snapped Timing Belt' in the General discussions forum.
After much opinions from everyone concerned, I have concluded that for city driving with an average of 50% idle time on the road in traffic jams together with the onslaught of tropical weather, the timing belt and the toothed tensioner should be changed at 45k.
The tensioner setting should be checked and resetted if required every 10k in similiar driving conditions.
That's my 2 cents worth. Hope it will save many Euros and Pounds for the masses out there.
By the way, what is it for Alfa that 'tifosi' is for Ferrari. Maybe our Italian friends can come up with something.
I must say that as an Italian I never quite got Murray Walker's "tifosi" obsession since in the Italian lingo one "tifoso" literally means a fan whether it be football, golf etc. Hence, tifosi is the plural of tifoso so I don't quite see why Murray always gets carried away with this particular word!
Anyway.. Alfisti is a completely different story!!!
Once again, don't confuse singular with plural:
Hence, speaking in first person, I am an Alfista, NOT an Alfisti!
Alfista is a cross between Alfa and "autista" where the second word means "driver" hence.. "Alfa driver" and quite funnily enough only works for certain brands.. namely
and nothing else!!!
Retensioning was not what I have in mind but to check and adjust as necessary. Most of us tend to trust that the timing belts, tensioners do not run beyond their specified/recommended periods and how many of us have been proven wrong. Expensively wrong!
If the tension marker has wandered excessively, something is clearly very wrong! Retensioning in this case is not the solution!
like the site mate good to see you are back on the road again how is the car performing now ? i know an alfa mechanic and he has had 5 156 in one week once because of this problem so its still ongoing its scary isnt it .