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Help cloverleaf belt noise

have just aquired a shiny cloverleaf and fallen completely in love with it

BUT in the couple of hundred miles done since handing over my wad of 50 pound notes the engine has developed some pretty substantial noise from one of the belts. (mechanically, I'm a step up from Kylie Minogue in neighbours, but have yet to reach the dizzy heights of knowing what I'm doing so can't tell which)...

...can't get it into a specialist near here for a few days; do you reckon It's okay to drive it in the meantime??? the timing belt is (apparently) new enough but I can't help thinking I might do some pretty heinous damage....
 
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Re: cloverleaf belt noise

Firstly, Hello and welcome...!

Did you get a FSH with the car, and if so, when was the timing belt replaced?
Also, does it state that the tensioner and variator were done also?

Does the noise sound like a bearing rumbling, or a whine or what?
Does it increase when you rev, or go away?
Does it have sufficient oil? (even Kylie can check that... )

I would be very careful in driving her if you don't know what it is. Can you contact the previous owner and ask what they noticed prior to sale...?
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cheers for this McGuinn - yeah, fsh n all that; timing belt 7k old, but no mention of tensioner or variator.

the noise is a whine which increases to jet engine pitch when revved; am aware of another (unrelated?) problem - rough idle, patchy power but that doesn't feel as urgent (idle valve / maybe lamda?) and is gonna be fixed as i say next week.

otherwise no symptoms of anything untoward (and even these didn't turn up for the first 400+ miles after purchase )

reckon i'm glad no fool wants to buy my old heap - will use that instead for a bit
 
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Re: cloverleaf belt noise

It could be a bearing in the tensioner as this has to be replaced with the belt... but people being people will try save the cost of the part, and worry about it when it fails...
But, in saying that, it could also be the water-pump bearing too.
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Hi Newshound,

I've recently bought an Alfa 145 aslo, and I just had to fork out some money for the timing belt + all the other bits and pieces that go along.

When you start your engine, does it kinda sound like a diesel engine while the engine is still cool? That's what happened in mine, and when that happen, as McGuinn says, its the Variator & Seals that need replacing. It was done on my car, and its nice and quiet now.

Wasn't too cheap tho. Too get my cambelt & variator along with all the bits they have to do at the same time cost me about 650... Ouch!
 
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Re: cloverleaf belt noise

Ouch Glassy!!! Was that a main dealer?? Specialists charge around 380-400.
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It was a specialist garage rather than a main dealer. It would have been about 420 just for the cambelt but I ended up getting other stuff done aswel...

Replaced Cambelt and tensioner, balance belt & tensioner.
Replaced Variator + Variator seals.

Plus I paid another 50 to get the car looked over. Cost me 686! NASTY!! I've only had the car a fortnight.
 
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Peace Of mind can come at a price. Always look on the bright side of ....Doo, Doo Doo, Da Dum Da Doo, Doo Doo
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can i ask when should cam belt and Variator need replacing in miles , thanks
 
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From what the garage and sources on the net say, it needs done between 65-70k. Mine had done 72k, and the garage was very surprised that it had lasted that long without going... I dont beleive the Variator & Seals alsways needs to be done, its just mine was making a knocking noise so needed replacing.
 
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