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I'm hoping someone with the necessary knowledge can answer this one. I'm arranging my tame mechanic to do timing belt/tensioner/pulley/water pump change and I am wanting to make sure we have necessary locking kit for the job.

I've looked at sets listed specifically for Alfa such as this but I suspect that I am getting extra parts not strictly necessary for the job and/or my specific engine. The reason I say that is that a similar set just for a Vauxhall 1.9 CDTi 16v (Z19DTH) engine looks like this and is significantly cheaper.

The difference in the kits appears to be one extra part - namely the flywheel lock. Is this necessary for the job?
 
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flywheel tool is needed for 8v & 10v engines only, so if yours is 16v then buy the cheaper set.
 

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:cheese::cheese::cheese:

Indeed

You would not believe how many you see with full main dealer service history with it slapped all over the place

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i know of some garages backing off tensioner sliding new belt on and pushing old off ....they call it bonus :wow:
 

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i know of some garages backing off tensioner sliding new belt on and pushing old off ....they call it bonus :wow:
I heard of garages cutting the belt with a sharp blade along it's length with the engine running, switch the engine off, sliding half of the belt off, fitting new belt then cutting of the other half of the old belt:wow:

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Did mine with a kit similar to the one advertised above, but still used a tipex pen, two markers per pulley just to be sure...Ed China style ;)
 

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16v crank is locked at the crank pulley, using a bracket that's part of the kit attached to a handy bolt hole in the block. I presume 8v doesn't have a bolt hole in a suitable place.

I used a Vauxhall 1.9 CDTi 16v (Z19DTH) timing kit, which was cheaper, although the instruction sheet also said it was suitable for Alfa 1.9 16v/2.4 20v. It was perfect, and much better quality than I expected for £18 (4 years ago). However, 'Made in China' is a movable target. ISTR there were several eBay kits that purported to be suitable, and some had the bracket/bolt hole drilled in a clearly wrong place. The Sealey VS4850 is a good reference, now discontinued I think, but you might find images.
 
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