3.0 V6 cambelt change - do I hold the record for the oldest intact belt?
Having finally purchased a 916 GTV V6 Lusso after years of hanging my my nose over them, thought I had better start addressing a few maintenance issues by starting with the cambelt. The car is a UK 2000 (W) registered model with one previous owner and 66,000 miles on the clock. I was informed when I bought it that the cambelt had never been changed! I have fitted new belts on Vauxhall and Peugeot V6s before so thought I knew more or less what I was letting myself in for. Perhaps not. There is way less room to work in the Alfa and the documentation is somewhat lacking though the official workshop manuals and various articles here have helped a lot. I have everything locked up at TDC and the old cambelt, idlers, tensioner and two of the four cam pulleys off. Despite the age, the belt and bearing all look and feel perfect though the tensioner is showing some signs of wear on the pulley surface and slight movement in the bearing. Whilst I am (slowly) taking things apart I am also thinking about putting it all back together and unless I am mistaken I am likely to have problems fitting the cam pulleys, tensioner and idlers as there is so little room to fit a torque wrench and socket. On top of this, and despite looking extensively, I can't find a torque figure for the idlers. So can anyone tell me how you have refitted the above, have you found a suitable stubby hex/allen socket that fits? Have you manged to get a torque wrench into the gap and if so what wrench have you used and what torque figure did you use for the idlers please? Think I will be coming back quite a bit over the coming months for advice so hope I can tap into all your extensive and detailed knowledge.
Last edited by v6coop; 04-01-15 at 08:13.