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Apologies for asking loads of questions but I am sorting out some of the various niggles on my 2001 GTV TS. It is due for a cam belt change and reading through various threads and discussions I am a bit confused. Obviously the belt itself needs replacing and a second smaller belt that has to come off as well??? The car has 108k on the clock and has ever had a new water pump or variator (or something like that). I know this because I have owned it from new and never had them done. Should I look at getting either or both done and can anybody recommend a good place in East Anglia to get it done? Preferably not too far from Bury St Edmunds or Thetford.

Many thanks. Hopefully my last post for a while unless something else goes wrong!!!
 

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The water pump is cheap and your original one has done it's job so definitely change that. The variator is expensive and it does fail it won't cause any damage so I would leave that.
 

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Oops... Nearly forgot; I read today that in about 2005 Alfa updated the pulleys on TS engines. I had never heard of this before. Can anybody shed any light on this and do I need to think about getting mine changed?

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Might be referring to the revised tensioner? Used to be plastic teeth now metal.
 

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Mitch... Many thanks for your help. Is it worth bothering with the new tensioners?
 

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Hello. The smaller belt you refer to is probably the balance belt. Get that changed as well as the cambelt tensioner and water pump. Mine broke (balance belt) and according to my garage I was apparently very lucky it didn't foul the cambelt and cause all sorts of issues. I saw your other post about changing the lambda sensor, unless it's broken or not working I wouldn't bother. Good luck.
 

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Thanks mate... Any ideas how much that should all set me back?
 

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Cam belt change is about £300 Inc. parts. If it's the original variator I would change that too. If it's not rattling on start up now you can almost guarantee it will within a few weeks of a new belt .variator is about £120 ish.
 

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As above, about £300. Have a look at the alfaworkshop in royston website. The only other alfa specialist I know of nearby is alfa shop in Norwich. I used a local garage for my cambelt as I didn't want to risk driving it too far. I think they charged about £400.
 

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Thanks for the advice. Do you know anything about the Fiat and Alfa garage in Bury St Edmunds?
 

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I don't. If it's a main dealer it will probably be a bit more expensive. I would be interested to hear how much they would charge.
 

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Says on their webpage they are an independent with only highly qualified technicians. I'll get a quote and let you know.
 

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After 100K I would change the lot, but obvioulsy finances dictate what you have to spend, but the water pump is a must after that many miles.
 

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Did a bit of ringing round today and research online at work today, err I mean in my lunch hour just in case my boss is reading this. Alfaworkshop, Alfashop and Autolusso in Bournemouth (I just looked there for another comparison) all came in at around £500-£550 for the cam belt, tensioners, balance belt etc plus water pump and variator. The Fiat and Alfa Romeo Specialists in Bury St Edmunds wanted £500 for just the cam belt etc plus about another £200 plus VAT for the variator.
Both should be able to do it in a day and no doubt the Mrs will want to come with me and then spend all day moaning about me taking her to a garage and then go off shopping. So my decision on which one to use will be based on where she can spend the least money.
 
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Thanks to everyone who has given me help and advice on this and other threads. The GTV is booked in for a new cam belt, tensioners, aux belt etc plus water pump and thermostat in a couple of weeks at the Alfa Shop in Norwich who could not have been more helpful. The guy is spoke to on the phone is a real Alfa enthusiast and very passionate about his work.
 

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Hello there!

So I have a 2001 147 T-Spark so we have the same engine I reckon!

I got my Variator, Waterpump, CAM (Timing?) belt and balance belt done all at the same time, a few years back and now I'm thinking of another belt change because of not the milage but the age.

Anyways yes I was told that the new tensioners/ pulleys best replacing/ updating as Mitch says it's the tensioner...

Firstly if you look at www.shop4parts.co.uk you'll see that the kit we need is 52% cheaper - however my local independant garage seem to have their own parts dept so they're not interested in getting in the parts even though it's genuine parts!!!

Also; I see you've gone for Alfashop- I spoke to a chap there a few months back - I bought a tapered sump plug- The chap there -absolute Legend had a great chat about oils and all sorts he really knows his stuff!
If I wasn't in devon I'd go there myself I get the impression you'll be in thoroughly good hands there as you say an enthusiast!!

Let us know how you get on eh?!

Also which will probably be advised - if you're having the new water pump fitted then get new coolant in there too!

All the best!!
 

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Cam belt, water pump, variator etc all done on Friday. Alfashop were fantastic and I cannot praise them enough. Highly recommended if you are in Norfolk.
 
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