Just changed my cambelt, a few observations..
I have just managed to sucessfully complete the cambelt and variator change on my latest 156 and have a few observations..
Compared to my 145 QV the access to some of tensioner retaining bolts is quite limited, I would have thought there was more space...
I also noticed that whoever changed the belt last did not get the cam timing spot on. Maybe they didn't use cam locks. The timing was around 15º too far advanced on the inlet although the exhaust was correct.
The belts did look quite new, although the tensioners looked to be past their best. There was also not much tension in the balance shaft belt. I am wondering whether the belts were done but not the tensioners..
The balance shafts were not correctly aligned. The front one was around 25º Out in the anti clockwise direction.
It just goes to show how many people think they know how to look after Alfas, and even if the belt has been done it may not have been done correctly.
When I get hold of the service history, hopefully I will be able to find out who did the belt last. It may even be an Alfa main dealer...
Giulietta 2.0JTDm (170), BMW 335i Cabrio