On a high mileage car, as with everything else, it's worth renewing when changing the cambelt but where do you stop £???? Clive
Interesting reading the follow-on's.... I have learnt something new myself with this, as did not realise that the 3.0 V6 Water Pump is that bullet proof. From a personal view point, if its 10yrs old and never been done, I would be airing on the side of caution... but thats just me
So, a follow on Question... My 2.0TS 156 is due a belt change next year (108K service) and the water pump / belts etc. were done at 72K service, so would I need to change it again? (it would be 3yrs between services) as from what I understand the pumps on these are not as strong? The part is only £35, so its a nothing outlay as it were.
Will just be interesting to see other experiences of Twin Spark owners on this, and do you do your belts every 3 years, 36K miles as now advised by Alfa (and Specialists)??? Thanks.
In 2010 I had a 52 reg 76,000 mile 147 2.0 TS serviced, cambelted + a couple of rear suspension bushes, I even had the water pump replaced...it was only £37+vat. Total bill was £599.90 from a local main agent, slight trade discount.
Within a week & less than 50 miles later a few drops of engine oil appeared underneath whilst running. Further investigation showed it coming from the oil pump which is behind...yes you guessed it....the cambelt etc. Traced to worn crankshaft washers allowing excess crankshaft end float which damaged the oil pump housing
. Heavily discounted additional total bill £602.90, oil pump cost £170.57+vat. Should I have changed it when doing the cambelt? Apparently this isn't uncommon on 2.0 TSs but nothing showed up until the oil started dripping. Should the garage(s) check for end float when changing cambelts?
I'd not heard of this problem before but I'll certainly have them check from now on.
I also had some paintwork done, wheels refurbished, 4 new tyres & 4 new front wishbones fitted (it's a 147), so where do you stop with theses cars £???