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Just bought a spider, cam belt changed at 42,000 car now done 60,000 change was done 3.5 years ago. Ready for new one or not any help please
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I am just giving my personal view here and i am going to say get the belts and tensioners along with the water pump done, you are about 12,000 off from having done 36000 miles since the last belt change, some people say 36000 or 3 years, I had a gtv that i purchased last year and it had a belt change done 3 years ago, i was selling the car on and for piece of mind i still did a full belt change with all tensioners and water pump. There is a reason for this as a few years back i held off on a belt change and you guessed it bang !! so like a say just bite the bullet and get the lot done then you will not have a niggling feeling everytime you go out in the car!! enjoy it and get that roof down!!

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Yes! get it changed 3yrs or 36k miles whichever is sooner!
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Originally Posted by EauRouge View Post
Yes! get it changed 3yrs or 36k miles whichever is sooner!

Worth the cost so you can sleep easy at night.

Or even in the day if that's your bag.........
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Originally Posted by EauRouge View Post
Yes! get it changed 3yrs or 36k miles whichever is sooner!
Yep - and if anything time is a greater enemy than mileage!

Not that you'll be reading this as you're already in the local Alfa indie having it done
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As mentioned above the recommendation is every 3 years. My situation was similar in that 4 years had gone by during which I had only done 7,000 since the 36k belt change. I have been the only (careful) driver for that period so I did not fret about the extra year but have had it done now.

Given that you don't have the benefit of knowing how its been driven for the last 3.5 years - my recommendation would be to get it done.
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I replaced my cam belt and balance belt along with new tensioners etc as soon as I got the car.
Upon replacing it I found that the previous garage that had done the cambelt at 35000 miles had only changed the belt itself and left the original plastic tensioner, idler, to make matters worse they had incorrectly fitted the balance belt.
So my advice to you would be to get it changed, the old tensioner I took off had started to have hairline cracks so I was lucky.
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Another vote for yes yes yes
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