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166 3.0L Possible Timing Belt issue?

Hi Guys, not really sure if anyone can help me, I'd say you will just tell me to speak with Gerry of TI. My 166 has been basically not getting any use over the last 2-3 years, as I had a company car and now I mainly use the Luas.

There was a kind of squeak coming from the engine over the last 12-18 months, which changed depending on the rpm of the engine. Basically as the speed increased so did the squeak. This has gotten worse and it is now very audible and from a listen in the engine compartment seems to be emanating from the Timing Belt area.

The timing belt was done on the car before I bought it, but that is probably 5 years ago, although I have put up probably only 10-15K miles since then.

In short, am I going to have to do the timing belt to be on the safe side? And as a Long Term Alfa owner, I think I probably know the answer already :-(

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No idea on the squeak issue but 5 years since a belt change regardless of mileage I'd get that booked in for a belt yesterday.
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..it's not necessarily the belt itself that gives up, but the tensioners/idlers etc and this can throw the belt. if you're doing the belt i think the advice is to do it properly and get all that stuff done too..

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maybe you're hearing a bearing or something about to give up..? i dunno, but i'd get it checked out alright..
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Hi Guys, not really sure if anyone can help me, I'd say you will just tell me to speak with Gerry of TI. My 166 has been basically not getting any use over the last 2-3 years, as I had a company car and now I mainly use the Luas.

There was a kind of squeak coming from the engine over the last 12-18 months, which changed depending on the rpm of the engine. Basically as the speed increased so did the squeak. This has gotten worse and it is now very audible and from a listen in the engine compartment seems to be emanating from the Timing Belt area.

The timing belt was done on the car before I bought it, but that is probably 5 years ago, although I have put up probably only 10-15K miles since then.

In short, am I going to have to do the timing belt to be on the safe side? And as a Long Term Alfa owner, I think I probably know the answer already :-(
Confirming what you already know....
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sounds like a squeaky fan belt, but yeah do the timing belts!
 
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better safe than sorry mate, I dont think Gerry will charge you just for having it checked so nothing to loose
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could also be the water pump starting to fail.... honestly if you want to keep the car or whatever get the belts done cause in the current condition if you were to sell as is you would be looking at around 5-600e as the belts and everything else will be around that price.
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changing the belts and getting a new waterpump with the metal impeller is a couple of hundred euros. Getting a new engine because the roller/tensioners seized or the waterpump failed due to a cracked impeller could be way over a thousand
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Thanks guys. I will speak with Gerry about it. Can't really justify spending more money on this when it is a)not getting any real use and b) never gonna make any of the money back if I sell it.

It's looking like I'm just gonna have to let this go for very small money. I'm up for a swap with someone for a smaller engine!
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