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Whats the best way to change the timing belt?

I don't need the 166 anymore even though I love it. Its due a timing belt

After a brief period trying to sell it. I've decided to keep it!

But I was wondering what is the cheapest way to get the parts for changing the belt. and what parts need changed? I'm still going to get a expert to change it I was just wanting to skim a few penny's by turning up with the stuff it the boot.

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Re: Whats the best way to change the timing belt?

Try shop4parts or Alfa workshop. Tensioners and belts - They will keep you right.

This is what I do - Buy parts myself, get a specialist to fit [cash in hand and forget the VAT]
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Re: Whats the best way to change the timing belt?

steve at alternative autos is worth a shout - good prices and good service
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Re: Whats the best way to change the timing belt?

Cheers for the reply(s) Those are really good sites. What do I need?

I've come to a Belt, tensioners, two idlers and a water pump with metal impellers. comes to the total of £253.79

Where/ who is Steve? I had a quick Google but not much success

I plan to use Brain at the Shawlands motor company.

OR

I could just lift the whole engine out and replace it with this.

Parts & Accessories : alfa gta 3.2 liter engine

What do you think?
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Re: Whats the best way to change the timing belt?

Fiat Coupe parts

Not just coupe parts -

Fun starts @ 3000!
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Re: Whats the best way to change the timing belt?

Get someone else to do it
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Re: Whats the best way to change the timing belt?

if it's a twinnie it's not a difficult job - especially on the 166 as access is good....
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steve at alternative autos is worth a shout - good prices and good service

Agreed - 01484 865086. Cam belt kit £126.95, water pump £49.95 - both plus vat and delivery.....add about £80 if you do the auxiliary belt and tensioners.....I ordered some stuff late afternoon and it was delivered next day.
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Re: Whats the best way to change the timing belt?

Is it worth getting the gastkets and spark plugs done at the same time?
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Re: Whats the best way to change the timing belt?

No gaskets required unless you have a specific problem (?), plugs are easy enough on TS but more problematic on V6's (What is yours?). What age & mileage are you at? Do you have service history/receipts?
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only gasket worth replacing is the rocker cover gasket - can leak a wee bit but i just popped some blue hylomar on mine and it seems fine
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It is a 2.5L V6 with 52K W reg

I'm not sure about the servicing (lots of stamps but nothing else thatís way Iím getting the belt done as Iím very scared there is an 8 year old belt in there!) and I'm Pretty determined to make this the last large bill.

Canít remember exactly what sort of gasket thing he said. It cost around £40 each.
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Re: Whats the best way to change the timing belt?

Plugs are longlife but due every 60k miles or 5 years so get them done also. Rocker cover gasket will not be £40 - Should be no reason for cylinder head gaskets unless you have specific issues?

Can you not call the previous servicing garages to see if they have a note of work done?
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Re: Whats the best way to change the timing belt?

you can sometimes get a kit to replace the bits of the tensioner that wear out, rather than get a new one you may be able to save £100 and recon the old one. My garage tried to do it for my old one, but the kit was no longer available, but I had a 1990 12v 164, so you may get lucky.
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Re: Whats the best way to change the timing belt?

12 V tensioner is a completely different animal from that on the 24v engines - replacement is the only solution.....
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