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Right this is a thread a fair time in advance for me but I wanted to ask your opinions. You all very kindly offered your comments when I was sorting out my 5 year service in this thread: 5 Year Service

The next service due is the 6 year service, including all the belt changes and water pump renewalls etc... So am I right in thinking that the following things need changing:

  • Timing Belt
  • Tensioners
  • Variators
  • Balance Belt
  • Balance Belt Tensioner
  • Idler
Is there anything else that needs doing?

With my 5 years service I managed to bring the cost down by buying most of the bits 'n' bobs before hand. With that in mind I want to do the same for this service, seeing as though a fair bit needs doing!

Now had an email from shop4parts with a few offers in, they have a Timing Belt Kit (which I assume includes the timing belt, idler and tensioner) which has been reduced from £112.56 to £79.99. Plus the 10% discount code brings that down to£70. So went on the website and ordered the Timing Belt Kit.

This has led me on to another thought, have I jumped the gun in getting the kit now? Will it affect the life of the belt buying it 11 months in advance? Or will it really make a difference?

I appreciate any comments guys, it made a difference last time! :thumbs:
 

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£70 for the timing belt kit,which may include its own tensioner & idle pulley, is not a good price & you still need

* Aux belt, tensioner & idle pulley
* Balance belt [ assuming its a 2.oL ] & tensioner

ALSO REQUIRED:

!!! Water Pump !!!

!!! Variator Seal !!!

!!! Cam Cover gasket !!!
 

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also, the life span of a timing belt is now:

* 3 years

or

* 36,ooo miles

if you cars belt has not been replaced before now, cross your fingers & get it daone YESTERDAY!!!
 
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Make sure the kit is Dayco or Gates as you cant beat quality no matter what price but the water pump is an option if you want but a rocker gasket would be a good idea but 70 pound is cheap to me if it is a quality brand as super cheap equals ****e
 

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also, the life span of a timing belt is now:

* 3 years

or

* 36,ooo miles

if you cars belt has not been replaced before now, cross your fingers & get it daone YESTERDAY!!!
Indeed it is, the car's had one belt change done two years ago. So the next service its due its second change!

Make sure the kit is Dayco or Gates as you cant beat quality no matter what price but the water pump is an option if you want but a rocker gasket would be a good idea but 70 pound is cheap to me if it is a quality brand as super cheap equals ****e
I believe its a genuine Alfa part, all the stuff ive bought from shop4parts has been genuine!
 

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So we can all have a good laugh, why not get a quote from an Alfa dealer for all this work?

Would make good reading ... and you would have the satisfaction of seeing how much you've saved.
 

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So we can all have a good laugh, why not get a quote from an Alfa dealer for all this work?

Would make good reading ... and you would have the satisfaction of seeing how much you've saved.
Tell you what ill do that!
May give Mango's a ring in the next day or two!
 

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Just a quick question, im pretty sure my variator is on its last legs. As my service is not until next May am I ok leaving it until then?

I understand you have to take all the belts etc..off to replace it, so im thinking I should wait until that service.

Also is this the right thing I need to be looking for:

Shop4Parts
 

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If you are taking the bits to a garage, it's often worth just getting the specialist to supply the bits as well, mainly because they won't guarantee bits you supply, only the fitment of them.

So if something goes bang, you then have the hassle of proving who's fault it was and claiming the money directly from the part manf/supplier. For the sake of £20-40, I really wouldn't bother.

PS: If you do decide you want to supply your own parts, then these are quite a good supplier http://www.alfa156.net/altautos/ALFA ROMEO 156 PARTS LIST.pdf along with EBSpares
 

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If you are taking the bits to a garage, it's often worth just getting the specialist to supply the bits as well, mainly because they won't guarantee bits you supply, only the fitment of them.

So if something goes bang, you then have the hassle of proving who's fault it was and claiming the money directly from the part manf/supplier. For the sake of £20-40, I really wouldn't bother.
Fair do's, ive used shop4parts to get a timing belt kit already tho!
Am I ok leaving the variator until the service?
 

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Tell you what ill do that!
May give Mango's a ring in the next day or two!
no need ill tell you now, £600 for the 72k service, all belts, tensioners etc:thumbs:
 

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no need ill tell you now, £600 for the 72k service, all belts, tensioners etc:thumbs:
Thats @ Mango's?
Have emailed Heath Road Garage for a quote too!
 

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Thats @ Mango's?
Have emailed Heath Road Garage for a quote too!
yep thats mangos mate, though i had alot more done besides;)

but £600 for the 72k service, thats what i was charged anyway:thumbs:
 

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Cheers buddy, have filled in their service form, hopefully hear tomorrow! :thumbs:
 

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Crikey Mango's quoted £800 for the 6 year service! :eek:

Then another £200 to do the Variator and Water Pump!
 

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Crikey Mango's quoted £800 for the 6 year service! :eek:

Then another £200 to do the Variator and Water Pump!
:wow::wow::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused:

maybe i know paul better than i thought;)

couldnt have given me that bigger discount surely?

my water pump was £45 variator was £109 i think
 
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