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Hi,
I wanted to pick your braines on anyone that has done a timing belt renewal on a 2.0L T.Spark engine. I have been reading up on how to do this procedure for about half a year now on written articles and downloaded the official procedure documentation from Alfa Romeo.

My 156 is due for a Timing & Balance belt renewal as it is coming up to 3 Years since the last belt change.
I am due to replace the following:
Timing belt, with tensioner & idler
Balance shaft belt, with tensioner
Water pump (with metal impellor, where can I get this from?)
Variator? (variator was last changed 3 years ago, covered less than 10k)

I understand that I need tools:
Timing belt tensioner
Balance belt tensioner
Inlet pulley tool
Variator removal tool
Cam lock tools
TDC probe
DTI gauge.

Long story short, what are the main points to consider when carrying out this task? Apart from using the correct tools to make job easier. Also I understand that the DTI gauge is to measure where TDC is but; I've never used a DTI gauge, are the markers there to show where the initial TDC is before you crank the engine round twice before tensioning the timing belt tensioner?

Any pointers on this subject is most grateful.
Thank you.
Chris
 

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There's a write up on alfaworkshop's website, with pics, you can probably make most of the tools with the exception of the cam locks and dti gauge.

Variator is entirely up to you, if you don't have the startup rattle, you might be fine.

You should be able to get a timing belt kit complete with tensioners and idlers, for peace of mind I'd do the waterpump also. Eurocarparts should stick this, not sure of impeller type though
 

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Yeah I've read the article on Alfa workshop, Gives a rough guide but not detailed like I need, regarding parts, I'm only buying genuine now from a reliable retailer.

Another question I wanted to ask... The timing belt tensioner and pulley, are they both mounted on a plate together bolted to the engine?
What's the procedure when tensioning the timing belt?... Do you use the tool to tension the belt whilst you align the pointer on the timing belt tensioner?

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got my kit on ebay and water pump came in gen alfa box too kit was 80 quid and pump 30 i think,balancer kit was 70
 

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How easy is it to do? It all seems straight forward, but I know there will be minor problems that I will face? I am considering doing it myself as I am eager to do it (I love working on the car, no matter what it is) but parts come to just shy of £300 and add the tools on top of that, I am tempted to get it done at a specialist for £465 (parts & labour inc VAT)

But!! I really want to get my hands dirty

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were all different but i found it pritty straight forward just take your time and double check everything and after belt is on turn the engine clockwise through 2 revolutions and check everything lines up (cam locks fit snugly) and your allmost there good luck
 
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