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Boxing 164 3.0 24v super

I'm thinking about doing a cambelt change on my 164 and would appreciate some advice on the following:

- how long will the job take

- Do I need any special tools

- What else should I replace at the same time

- What are the parts likely to cost

- Any special issues to watch out for ?

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Re: 164 3.0 24v super

I would suggest you not try and change the belt yourself unless you have strong Alfa or mechanical experience. In my opinion, the timing belt is the car's Achilles heel. Tensioners and bearings need to be checked, replaced and adjusted accordingly. This is because, if the belt skips a tooth, it can cause the timing to be off and the valves to crash into the pistons, causing much damage.

For me, it is worth it to pay for someone with experience to do the change. On the other hand, it is expensive and it has to be done every 3 years.

Good luck the project if you go forward yourself. I am sure there are many on the board with experience on this.


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Re: 164 3.0 24v super

I just replaced the cam belt and reset the valve timing myself. I didn't change the idlers or tensioner as they had been done by a garage about 18 months ago. EB spares said that they can't get these items from Alfa any more as they have stopped making them although other dealers may have some. I bought some cam lockers and borrowed a 41mm socket for the bottom pulley nut. I am quite handy with a spanner but it was a nervous process but I managed it successfully over a couple of days. It doesn't need to take this long but I was taking it easy. Jamie Porter has a simplistic step by step guide that I think leaves out crucial info. If you have a go then the best of luck.

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So Doug..What did you use to get the cam belt tension correct ? It is the critical factor in this job as too tight or too loose is just not good enough, and the margins between the two are very slim.


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