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Rang up my local independant Alfa guys this morning for a price for the beasties TB change - £300 + VAT for timing belt, tensioners etc (not the variator though). Does this sound about right? Its a wee bit more than i was hoping to spend.....

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Re: Timing belt quote

Meant to ask, is the timing and balancer belt job (with tensioners) one that you let a backstreet mechanic lose on? Or am i better to just pay the extra and get it done at a non dealer specialist?

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Meant to ask, is the timing and balancer belt job (with tensioners) one that you let a backstreet mechanic lose on? Or am i better to just pay the extra and get it done at a non dealer specialist?

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Hi Niall,I think I sent or spoke of this work on a timing belt before but I would strongly advise to go to an alfa specialist,its a good 6-8 hr job so on top of the parts its about right but it will be done right.Unless you can manage yourself of course.
 
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Re: Timing belt quote

You're probably right Pat - my memory is like a seive at the moment

Anyway, I was looking at the costs of the parts alone and the savings of a DIY job wouldn't be worth the hassle and stress, not to mention the time! Maybe get them to have a wee looksee at the clutch when its in....

It will be booked in tomorrow and my mind will be at ease once its done

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Parts for the job are about £250 including the variator, most Indy's charge about £4-500. That means a big chunk of saving to me for a day spend under the bonnet

Pat, can I ask where did the 6-8 hours figure come from? Not that I'm disputing it, just never heard an hourly figure put on the belt/variator job

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Well the car should be getting its TB transplant sometime today so that will be one less thing to worry about once its done!

The garage are also going to have a look at the clutch and give me a verdict - their initial reaction was that the clutch is probably knackered, especially with the mileage so that could be a scary prospect money wise! I'll probably just run with it until i can afford to get it done or it breaks - whichever happens first!

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Well the car should be getting its TB transplant sometime today so that will be one less thing to worry about once its done!

The garage are also going to have a look at the clutch and give me a verdict - their initial reaction was that the clutch is probably knackered, especially with the mileage so that could be a scary prospect money wise! I'll probably just run with it until i can afford to get it done or it breaks - whichever happens first!

I'll keep you posted though

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I read this & thought you were having a turbo fitted

Clutch kit for a v6 is £180-£250, so should be a bit cheaper for the TS. Fitting is around 6 hours according to PeakAlfa, and is worth doing the belts at the same time with the engine out (might be worth giving the garage a quick ring & pleading for a deal if you can afford it now)

Did you get the clutch master cylinder checked & the system bled?
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i wish - that would be pretty cool getting a turbo

The garage are going to have a look at the clutch and let me know (no word yet though) - although the chances are they've probably gone ahead and done the timing belt by now...probably couldn't afford to get the clutch at the moment anyway so i'll just have to build up my leg muscle a wee bit more

It probably would have been sensible to get everything done at the same time - but if i was sensible i probably wouldn't have bought an Alfa

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Got the beastie back with its nice new timing belt so i can drive without too much fear of the timing belt going ping now! Its just so addictive taking the engine right through to the red line and listening to the noise

The guys at the garage reckon the clutch is knackered - the good news though is they say its not too abd a job on the 2.0 litre at approx 350 quid all in. The also said they wouldn't have taken the engine out to do it even if i had got it done the same time as the TB so i haven't really lost out. Just need to save my pennies to get it done now!

The problem i've got now is a squeal/screetch from the front offside. The garage stripped and adjusted the front brakes but its still there (maybe even worse) so i think i'll need to take it back for another look. They did note that there was wear in the front wishbone but i'm not sure this would account for the noise.

Once i've got that sorted, the clutch sorted and maybe figured out how to get a CD player in i'll be happy

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