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Are Alfa cambelts made of chocolate? My low miles Spider had a new one when 7 years old (the old Alfa limit?) at 28,000m. 3.5 years on, it has done just 10,000 more miles, yet I'm supposed to pay up and change it again.
Love the car but £500+ every 3 years seems steep. It's a 'fun' car that won't do a high mileage. Is it really age or miles that matter?
Of course if I don't do it, I'll spend my time worrying about the big bang...
Why did they ever switch from the chains in the pre-twin spark engine?
(What if your local dealer takes a belt off the back of the shelf that's been there for a year!)
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7 years!

Yes you need to change it as the rubber perishes over time. It's 3 years or 36k whichever is sooner.

Yes, you do need to get it done!
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Why did they ever switch from the chains in the pre-twin spark engine?
Rubber bands are cheaper to fit and produce more service revenue. Easy huh?



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Try AlfaWorkshop (Royston, Herts) or AforAlfa (Aylesbury, Bucks) ... they do a TS belt change for around £300 ... might just be worth the drive ...
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yes stephengaham you have a valid point,what if the belt is 3 yrs old and then fitted.??????
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Gazza, where is this AforAlf outfit? Sounds good, just interested as I take your post recommendations as good ones? Jamie's unit is a 'Bee Hive', of activity, where you definitely don't get stung! Booked in advance most times, on recommendations mostly, I believe.:
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yes stephengaham you have a valid point,what if the belt is 3 yrs old and then fitted.??????
WHAT! No best before date!?

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lol at alfa parts being availiable 'off the shelf'

It don't think stored correctly puts the belt through the same conditions as being on a car do you?

AforAlfa is a mobile mechanic, I recommend him too!
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It don't think stored correctly puts the belt through the same conditions as being on a car do you?
So effectively there is no shelf life limitation but they have a "useful" life of only three years?! Hmmmmmmm

So they deteriorate in use in three years? Hmmmmmmm

Does that mean they are not fit for pupose? Hmmmmmmm

Anybody here who knows the law?

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Come on its a high perfomance engine, do you really expect zero maintenance?! I know its not the same but have you any idea how much it costs to run a ferrari? come lads get real!! Also you dont have to do everything at the same time but it makes sense to do so, I'd say £300 every 3 years isnt too bad, but Im a glass half full kinda guy!

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I'm not so sure it will need doing if its only done 10,000 miles...speak to a specialist and seak their advice...
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So where's he located,Whatmoretyres?:
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Come on its a high perfomance engine, do you really expect zero maintenance?! I know its not the same but have you any idea how much it costs to run a ferrari? come lads get real!! Also you dont have to do everything at the same time but it makes sense to do so, I'd say £300 every 3 years isnt too bad, but Im a glass half full kinda guy!

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I am just thinking that the old all ally twin cams just needed the cam chains adjusting, occassionally, not a £300 - £600 rebuild every three years, regardless of milage. And of course we are not Ferrraarraiiii owners! We could not afford that many letters!

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I'm not so sure it will need doing if its only done 10,000 miles...speak to a specialist and seak their advice...
Nope! That don't work either. If it's 3 years old then " CHANGE THE BELTS ". That's Alfa's advice, not mine. But having seen what can happen I must agree with them.

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Gazza, where is this AforAlf outfit? Sounds good, just interested as I take your post recommendations as good ones? Jamie's unit is a 'Bee Hive', of activity, where you definitely don't get stung! Booked in advance most times, on recommendations mostly, I believe.:
www.aforalfa.co.uk

Herts i think, seems prepared to travel, sponsors sportsalfa.com
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7 years!

Yes you need to change it as the rubber perishes over time. It's 3 years or 36k whichever is sooner.

Yes, you do need to get it done!
I had an 11/12 year old escort zetec 1.6 that had never had a new cambelt from new!!!
Been in the family since new so i know it for a fact.
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Get cambelt from an indie who does lots of em, then you know it should be "fresh".
Seriously, cambelts on V6 and TS are exposed to all the elements and have the buggery stretched out of them from day 1 so they don't last time or miles.
Why alfa couldn't design a sealed cambelt cover I don't know but then the words brewery, **** up and organise come to mind....
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Can't expect Alfa to go for a Royce 'wheels case' set of cogs, but a chain was fine up to 1994 (and today?). I bet the rubber band was the arrival of FIAT accountants with a 'never mind about quality save the pennies and up the service income' in the 1990s. I've booked in with AforAlfa - talked sense on the phone - and will report back. Looks better than the £700+ at some Alfa main dealers!!
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So where's he located,Whatmoretyres?:
He's from Aylesbury, travels to me in Hemel no probs!
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