Cam Belt Kits and Tools 1.8 CF2
I've had my 156 for nearly 2 years, itís a 1.8 t-spark CF2. The cam belt was done just before I bought at 74k, it's pushing 104k now. I've done pretty much all the maintenance so far and I want to have a go at the cam belt myself. I could leave it go for another few months but I've got a window of opportunity with the use of another over the next few weeks so I can afford to take my time and not be stuck without a motor. I've ordered a set of cam locking blocks, a tensioner tool and variator tool so they're covered but have a few questions about the kit:
1. From my research, the kit I need for a 1.8 CF2 is the same as all 2.0 16v engines but different to the 1.8 CF3; is this correct? Just want to be sure when there's two different kits for 1.8's.
2. From peoples experience, should I stick with an Alfa kit or can they recommend either an alternative manufacturer or an alternative supplier of an original alfa kit?
3. The variator was changed with the last belt, it's not noisey, should I change it anyway? If so, I believe there is a newer design that's more robust, has anyone got a part number, I might just check the part number and if it's not the newer design I'll get a new one?
4. Based purely on a cursory glance in the engine bay, there seems to be plenty of room for access, for anybody who's done one before, are there any bits that are tricky to access, bearing in mind the work will be done without the benefit of a lift (have axel stands and all that)?