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New cam-belt Alfa 147 ??

Hi there guys,

Can anyone recommend a decently priced garage for the above ?

My Alfa needs a new cam belt after it 'went' today.

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Just been informed by another garage that as the cam belt went as I was travelling ( at c 45 mph) the car will need the 'head off' and 2/3 days and more money than the cambelt change itself ....

I need a cash deal I reckon.

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Give John a shout at Simplyalfas

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It'll only cost more if its bent valves and stuff
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Wordsley, Stourbridge !

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go to The Alfa Workshop, independent specialist Alfa Romeo garage and web resource
ive just had cam belt and balance shaft belt plus variator(i couldnt get this part for under 100 and i searched everywhere plus all new tensioners) done for 398 inc vat(this is on a 2.0 twinspark 100 less on engines below 100 less variator) . they also took the liberty to change the aux belt which runs the air con and power steering (14) and chucked in a new cambelt cover for free coz they had 1 knocking about mine had a hole the size of luton on it brilliant service they are based in royston herts well worth the trip my local garage were quoting me much more than this plus they didnt have correct tools said they would borrow them which maid my mind up and im well chuffed they did because the service plus peace of mind i got from using alfaworkshop was blinding..
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Don't forget to get the variator done at the same time, it'll cost around 100 but you need to have the cam belt off to do it, that's why they often get done at the same time, or you just pay the labour all over again.

Don't know how old yours is, but if your cars starting to sound like a desiel, then it needs doing, and if your cam belt has snapped, I'm guessing that it hasn't been done (I'm told it won't knacker your engine if you don't but it will sound awful and effect your fuel economy).

If you do a quick search, you'll find some more info on this.
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Thanks V Kash ..... thanks to everyone.

I didn't know that Alfas were so expensive to run.......

I guess they're worth it !!!
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Try Adrian at WAD on 01902 401711 on outskirts of Wolverhampton close to Bilston.
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shame about the belt snapping heres a good site which will give you an idea what the parts should be costing shop4parts.co.uk
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Simply alfas are highly recommended hey fixed my snapped jtd.

Good on labour and parts. Won't rip you off.
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In the end I had it fixed at Jennings, Netherton, near Dudley.

Great price - but they aren't Alfa experts - more a general garage.
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Hi

What did they change?

The Alfa TS engines are not safe engines (ie, ones that don't damage the valves when the belt snaps). You will almost certainly bend valves, which means taking the head off, replaceing the bent valves and likely the valve guides.

They also seem to have a reputation for damaging the big end bearings when the belt snaps. Most seem to replace the big end shells at the same time as sorting the head.

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Many valves, variator, cam belt ( obviously) and other things inc. taking the head off......

It is a good garage actually, and was recommended to me.

Simply Alfas fro me next though I think.
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Tim, please do listen to the advice given to you here.

If the big end starts to knock in the next few thousand miles, you will only regret it.
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At least I know the owner of this garage.

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Hi, Newbie here, I've just bought my first Alfa. A 1.6ts 147, it has done 48k and i am not sure when or if the cambelt has been changed. I'm in stoke on trent and was wondering if there is a decent garage near me who would be willing to do this job. I have worked for Platts garage a few years ago and am not exactly trusting of their quality. Thanks in advance. I've only had the car since yesterday(27th nov), but WOW i'm loving it.
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Have a look at our trade directory tim, the link at the top... You can put in your post code and it will give you a link to the closest traders approved by us!

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Heard hood things about PJ there fairly close to you. PJ Motors, Tamworth, UK - Alfa Romeo Specialist, Alfa Romeo Servicing

If not I can't recommend Simply Alfas enough. They have looked after all my Alfas. From twin spark through to GTA
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Thanks, I'm having more serious problems at the moment. I only bought the car last saturday, sunday the left rear wheel seized up and all the asr, abs error failure lights came on, after a while they went off and it was ok, Monday morning in the snow same thing again. Took it back to the garage and they put new rear brake pads in, even tho the discs looked wrecked, they didn't replace them. Wednesday morning in the ice again same thing happened, took it back again and now have been told they have replaced the rear discs. I am no mechanic, but i would have thought it was a sticking caliper or a sticking brake cable. I am now dreading picking the car up tommorrow.
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