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Well wasn't this little engine a surprise.
1.4 95 bhp thought i recognised it from my stilo 1.4 fortunately i had kept my instructions on how to replace the cam belt in the cam locking toolkit that had kept hidden in my garage.
The only additional tool i needed was the crank locking tool the other big difference is the way you tension the belt once you have loosened the cam shaft.
so with the combination of following the stilo instructions up to the tensioning part and then following the alfa mito instructions after that. The belts change the engine started.
not bad for £80 and a weekend on the drive, i took my time the car is my daughters.
Oh don't forget the T60 TORX bit you really do need one of them
 

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Brave man attempting cambelt change, my 95bhp Mito has just had its second cambelt and water pump change, as its still only covered 26000 miles I found it ok to leave it at five year intervals rather than the four that the manual suggests, It wasn't that pricey though, cambelt, tensioner, water pump and full service at just over three hundred quid at a local specialist, crazy to think that in its ten years on the planet and just 26000 miles its had ten oil and oil filter changes!
 

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wow this is my daughters first alfa so risk factor was even higher if it had gone wrong the grief would off been of this scale. but if you take your time and follow the instructions with the locking tools it a pretty straight forward but as you say it not pricey to have it done for you. i all about whether you want o faff on the drive or not and at the moment i'm working from home so being on the drive away from my computer was a joy
 

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At least there is reasonable room .. I did one on a Peugeot 206 CC 2.0 and whoever designed it should have their nether-regions placed near a rotating cam belt!! At least it wasn't a Fiat Coupé where to change the 5 cylinder engine belt, you take the engine out .. !!

I did the belts on my 156 TSpark a couple of times .. once when it was the water pump started to leak and then a later when the head gasket went (issues not linked!)! There you have a balance belt to contend with too! The only problem bolt is one holding a pulley .. there isn't room for a breaker bar and normal length socket to get to it .. so I had to borrow one that had been ground down!

When I first changed it myself I was a little perturbed by the tippex marks .. that was changed by a so-called "specialist" before .. and so had the water pump ..
 

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i didn't get my belt changed in time on my 156 selespeed valves, head you name it. i learn't a valuable lesson that day. there is a lot of room in there. not sure i'm brave enough to do my wife's 1.6 giulietta looks to tight
 

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Been there ... got the t-shirt .. one year later, the big end went on no 1! Two rebuilds!
 
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