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Just bought my first alfa been a volvo ford man till now but wanted a mid sized estate and bmw 3 series where owned by silly people who wanted silly money.


Bought this 2001 on a y with 133k It had a cambelt at around 72k so old will it last to 144k as alfa intended when this car was bought or does it need doing at the silly 32k mark?

It aparentley has started to get warm o/h in heavy traffic suspected dodgy thermostat?

Any help would be good.
 

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Welcome AO, and cograts on your first Alfa.:)

With regards to the cambelt, I'm sure others on here will agree with me, get it changed a.s.a.p. if it hasn't been changed since 72k.

regarding the over heating, I would change the thermostat a.s.a.p. and check the radiator, as 156 rads are pretty prone to corrosion and leaks. I had to have mine done on my 156, and its 2005 model, admittedly its done 112k!

These faults aside, I hope you enjoy your Alfa as much as the rest of us do on here.:thumbs:
 

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I hope I'm wrong in this instance, but thermostats tend to go faulty by staying open which leads to engine running cool, especially in this weather. A thermostat stuck closed is a pretty rare occurence AFAIK. Does it only overheat in heavy traffic when you are crawling along? Also, have you checked that the radiator cooling fan is coming on when your temp guage reaches around the 90 mark?

Hope it's something simple. Good luck.
 

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Getting the car sat guy claims its fine as long as you don't sit anywhere longer 10-15 mins. After quizing him appears it could be fan or sensor as its not coming rad my be ok. Had its last cambelt at 78k so its done 55k. So in 2001 when alfa built this car 70k on cambelt was completly wrong and its risky going over 32k?
 

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welcome to AO and congats on the car:thumbs:

alfa changed the belt changes to 32k after numerous belts snapping. its done 55k on one belt,you are living on very borrowed time. also assume that if the cam belt hasnt been done, then the balance belt will need changing too, and the aux belt:thumbs:

it shouldnt overheat when its stood still period. unless either the rad is dead or the fan isnt working.

thermostat would make it run cool on the move, i.e below 70 degrees;)
 
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Cam belt intervals are 36k or 3 years whichever comes soonest
The 2.0 ts engines also have a balance shaft belt which needs changing at the same time, make sure the full belt kits are done and not just the belts. Also as it's done over 61k on this belt you will be wiser to change the cam variator and the waterpump as if they fail after the belt change it means doing the whole job again.
As for the overheating a failed stat normally leads to it running cool, overheating points to rad & poss waterpump.
 

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how much should a full cam belt lit cost fitted been quoted 412? But I saw one quoting £300 on the net somewhere, I am somerset/devon location.

cam cover says 78,000 for change and its run sweet seems fine but thats still 23k over the alfa rec.

What about oil service wise what oil and how often?
 
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