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Hmmm DIY Cambelt on GTV v6

I recently got a Alfa GTV v6. It had it's head rebuilt after the cambelt went (just under 70,000 miles). Now its been on this belt for only about 8,000 miles, but it was replaced just over 4 years ago. I'm slightly paranoid that the belt could be due for renewal (5 years is in my head for some reason).

I've done cambelts on an old Pug 106, and Golf so I'm not that scared about doing the job myself (although having looked through the Alfa service manual its clearly a much bigger job).


Does it need replacing, along with the tensioner?
Does the idler need replacing?
Shall I replace the ancillary belt, tensioner, small idler and large idler?

Is it worth replacing anything else while I'm down there?

I've been totting up the part costs and they add up very fast.

Also what tools will I need?

So far on the list is..
Cam locks
TDC Dial
TDC indicator
Alfa Exhaust Cam Pulley Tool
Alfa Romeo V6 Cambelt Tensioner Adjustment Tool
Alfa Romeo V6 Hydraulic Cam belt Tensioner Locking Pin

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Hi Theo,

I had a GTV V6 with 63,000 on the clock and on its original belt, it was always a worry for me but due to the cost of the job I kept putting it off! I sold the car last year and suggested to the new owner that he get it done as soon as possible (factored into the selling price a cambelt replacement).

According to the service book it needs to be changed every 5 years or 72,000 miles so you are right with the 5 years - my car was a 2000 W reg - but I was lucky (car was perfect!).

I would defienately suggest that you get it sorted and you should do the lot whilst you/garage is down there, pretensioners, ancilliary belts etc.. Alfa will charge you 800 for the job but if you can find a specialist they'l charge you in the region of 500 - it is a major job though, most of the engine gets removed and it a good 6-7 hours work for a specialist!!

Hope this helps - good luck.
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Most would recommend you change the water pump whilst you're there as well.
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