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Help, looking for some info. Just bought a 147 2.0 Lusso.

Need to replace the cam belt but.....

Local garage quoted me for fitting the cam belt & balancing belt. Asked about tensioners & they said this was extra and probably not required but they would check them.

Local parts store quoted me for a kit but although it contained tensioners, it had only the cam belt. No balancing belt.

Checked ebay and most sellers have kits for the 2.0 but only containg 1 belt.

So my question is....

1) Should I be replacing the 2 belts & nothing else(as per garage).
2) Should I be replacing just the cam belt & tensioners(as per parts store & ebay sellers).
3) Should I be replacing both belts & tensioners.
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Agree with above - it does sound as if your garage don't know what they are talking about - I'd be a bit wary about letting them work on your car, to be honest......
 

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Yes you change cambelt, idler and tensioner, possibly variator if it's never had one. Also change the balance belt and check to see if the balance belt tensioner is ok too.
Check auxiliary belt at the same time.
Plus make sure there going to use the correct cam locking tools.
 

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IMO Best to bite the bullet, and get all tensioners, the waterpump variator, as well as the auxillary belt and tensioners done too.

The last time I looked Alternative autos came out cheapest for the whole Kit


Make sure whichever garage you use uses the proper cam lock tools. If they say they don't need them go elsewhere.
 

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Cheers, will have to ask them about the cam lock tools. There's no Alfa specialist garage or dealer within 100 miles.
Was gonna maybe get my mate to fit everything but worried about these cam lock tools as he won't have them.
 

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When I last did a TS I bought a set of locks, used them then sold them on ebay afterwards.

I made a few quid profit as well :D

The TS belt change isn't really all that difficult with the correct tools.
 

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correct - BB and cam belt - tensioners and idlers at minimum - i highly recommend the WP on the 4s as they are idlers! (directly below the intake cam)

you can just buy the cam blocks from totally alfa and ebspares... not expesnive at all... should not be done any other way.

HTHs...
 

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Picked up car from garage last night but engine management light was coming on & off all the way home. Felt as though the car was running on 3 cylinders, no power. When I paid for it the garage owner told me he had it out earlier and was a great running car:rolleyes:
 

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sounds like the timing was not set right, has slipped, or he has maybe broken the cam sensor, needs to go back. At least there is a engine management light on which should point him in the right direction.

Were the cam locks used in the end? Only £25 from TotallyAlfa, so no excuse really
 

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Sorry, did not get the garage to do the cam belts. Collected the car last night so as to get the job done lesewhere.
 
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