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I have a 156 GTA selespeed registered in Jan 2004 that has done 24,000 mls with full history.

I've had the car for 18 mnths and it has been perfect and I love it to bits! I was planning to have the cambelt done at the next service which is due in December. This would mean that it would be nearly 5 years old, but with low mileage. Am I daft to wait untill then, just in case it should go in the meantime?

I think I know the answer, but interested in your views anyway.
 

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I'd stick with 36k and 5 years. Thats what a specialist has advised me to do.
 
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While that is low mileage and december depressingly is not that far off, I wouldn't let a cam belt on a GTA go 5 years. I had mine done at 4 years, with about 36k. It isn't just about the mileage but the age of the belt.
 

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I left mine till 45,000 miles and 4 1/2 years, thankfully i didn’t leave it any longer as my water pump had cracks in the impellor.
 

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Why not just get it serviced now and the belts done?

Three months won't make any difference and you are creeping into the zone where failure is known to occur.

Sounds like a Dirty Harry issue to me : Do you feel lucky?
 

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Good Grief!

I'm thinking of having my belts done along with my weekly checks

Check air pressure in tyres
Check oil, other fluid levels
Check condition of seatbelts
Change Cambelt, tensioners and water pump.
Whilst at it change all front suspension bushes
Might as well change the Alternator and starter motor whilst I have access, it would be rude not to.


Roll on next Sunday!

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When i had an integrale it was the same situation but worse, generally no one lets a belt go more than 25k or two years on them.
 

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I am sitting on 30,500 miles and the car was registered in September 2003.

I had this same dilemma earlier this year and there were just too many belts going bang on the forums to ignore it. It seemed less to do with mileage and more to do with age. Once over 4 years something could go wrong.

I therefore did my service and belts in May rather than wait to September. The belt itself was in good condition but the bearings on one of the tensioners was starting to go. The plastic water pump also had failure cracks appearing so the metal one was popped in.

Before doing the work I was driving around with a belt failure on my mind, now its not a worry so its definitely worth sliding your service forward in my opinion. Peace of mind for another 4 years.

If it does go, you then need to get into it with Alfa for a good will contribution to put things right and you may well end up paying more than the cost of maintenance, plus your car will be off the road for a few weeks whilst you sort it out.
 

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4 years or 36k doesn't seem bad when you consider this. My ducati is belt changes at 2 years or 12k, mine had only done 6k when i changed the belts, £4-500 :eek:
 
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remove the top cambelt cover and have a look for obvious wear, dusting etc.

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mines booked in on sat for 36k serivce and cambelts. its 4years old and done 30k. As has been mentioned before on another thread i was going to leave it, but the £3.5 k engine re-build has made my decision to get it done, if the garage uses genuine Alfa parts then you get 12 months warranty with the parts. I negotiated with my main alfa dealer and got the lot all in inc water pump for £660. I know its alot but should be £770 plus water pump so i'm happy, local garage was £30 cheaper, but cant go wrong with main dealer, the way things are at the moment they want your business.
 

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Thanks for the advice guys.

Better to be safe than sorry I guess and we're only talking a few months for the peace of mind. Gonna book it in.
 
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