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Timing belt quandary

Been advised by my local indipendent to change the timing belt on my 2.4 as its been 3 years since it was last done. I was under the impression it was 4 years or 60,000 miles (whichever comes first). Good advice so I've decided to have it done for peace of mind.

The question is this; if genuine Alfa parts are so unreliable then why do providers of such services still insist that OE is used!!! Surely there must be a more reliable alternative such as Gates etc?!

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Think Alfa say every 5 years, but that does seam a very long time.

Tuesday having the belt changed on Citreon C3, 10 years between changes, thats what they recomend.
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Every 3/4 years is bonkers! There must be better aftermarket kits available. What's the point in using OE if quality is that poor!?
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Been advised by my local indipendent to change the timing belt on my 2.4 as its been 3 years since it was last done. I was under the impression it was 4 years or 60,000 miles (whichever comes first). Good advice so I've decided to have it done for peace of mind.

The question is this; if genuine Alfa parts are so unreliable then why do providers of such services still insist that OE is used!!! Surely there must be a more reliable alternative such as Gates etc?!

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Sounds to me like your dealer is short of cash.

Mine reckons 50,000 miles or 5 years - that includes changing the water pump and (I think) tensioners. Last time I spoke to them they said they had never seen a belt let go by itself on a 2.4 - it was always the water pump or tensioners that had taken the belt out.
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What mileage have you covered? I'd not normally recommend a customer to change a 2.4 JTDM timing belt at 3 years unless he had covered significant miles or the previous change had not been a complete change including the tensioner, idler & waterpump.
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Every 3/4 years is bonkers! There must be better aftermarket kits available. What's the point in using OE if quality is that poor!?
I completely sympathise. I had 2 wheel bearing's go within 35k miles! 2! Independent would refuse to fit an aftermarket one. I don't get the logic behind this. My car was proof that the OEM wheel bearings are rubbish, and still wanted to fit another one.

I'm getting a strange rubber knocking/rubbing noise coming from my rear suspension now in bumps, on top of the terrible ride. If that needs replacing, I'll fit an aftermarket kit myself, screw the garages because the stock suspension sucks.
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The car is new to me but there is a receipt dated July 2013 for a complete kit and pump. The vehicle has covered 30,000 miles (ish) since it was changed. I thought the recommended service interval on the 2.4 was reduced to 4 years or 60,000 but they were adamant it is 3 years regardless of mileage?
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It's difficult for dealers because of brand and supply chain commitments/loyalties, to recommend anything but genuine parts.

I love my Alfa for what it is but build quality has never been a strength and to be honest, on that basis, I'm not sure using OE parts in the case of Alfa Romeo is a compelling argument!?

I've been runnng an A6 for four years now and less the first service, the bonnets never been open other than to top up the washer fluid and the service is still not due!. I would always go OE in this case, why wouldn't you.
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Have a look at Auto Lusso, AHM and Alfa Workshop recommended interval (all available in their web sites I think) then decide for yourself.

My Wife's car just went 4 years and about 40k between change without trouble but had belt and pump changed at 4 years as lots of other work being done at the same time.
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The car is new to me but there is a receipt dated July 2013 for a complete kit and pump. The vehicle has covered 30,000 miles (ish) since it was changed. I thought the recommended service interval on the 2.4 was reduced to 4 years or 60,000 but they were adamant it is 3 years regardless of mileage?
The service interval never changed 'officially' as far as I am aware (you can always call ARUK to confirm), but specialists will often give earlier recommendations due to seeing so many fail.
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sure i read somewhere that it was 5 years or 4 if you do short journeys.
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