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Hmmm Lots of cam belt questions

Bit of a story first, my 99 GTV which i bought 2 years ago has no service history as it was lost in the post (another long story but i did see most of it and was compensated by the garage after the loss). It has 83,000 on the clock and had the timing belt changed at 70,000, i think!

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1. Is the timing belt the cam belt
2. Is there any way i or a mechanic can check it has been changed
3. i know the recommended intervals are given in miles, is it 60,000? but i only do a max of 2500 miles a year so should i be factoring in a time span like service intervals instead of going on just milage?

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Re: Lots of cam belt questions

36,000 recommended or 3yrs.: More breathing space with our other, at 70,000, but it doesn't go like the Alfa.
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Re: Lots of cam belt questions

1) yes
2) no (well no way of knowing how long ago it was done)
3) as ZF said, 3-years or 36000miles, which ever comes first


Services are every 12000miles or 1-year, which ever comes first.
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Re: Lots of cam belt questions

thanks guy's, at least it's been done but i'll to get it done again soon i suppose as it will have been over 3 years but only 13,000 miles. Due to the limited milage i'm leaving full services to every other year.
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Re: Lots of cam belt questions

1. Yes the timing belt and the cam belt are the same.

Except for the 1.6 (and smaller engines where sold) the balancer shaft belts should also be changed. Consider on a high mileage car also doing the variator and water pump (search AO for similar threads.)

2. Is there any way i or a mechanic can check it has been changed.

No, unfortunately not without stripping the belts off the major part of the cost - then you would replace them anyway.
3. i know the recommended intervals are given in miles, is it 60,000? but i only do a max of 2500 miles a year so should i be factoring in a time span like service intervals instead of going on just milage?

Change them every three years in your case.

I also do a small annual mileage (3,500) but have a yearly 'interim' service (Alfa service requirements are listed in the service schedule for less than the full service). I certainly would want to change engine oil anyway and Alfas do need servicing regularly by a good garage to keep in good shape.

'A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.' - Henry Ford.
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