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Hiya im getting my 147 51 plate cambelt and tensioners changed next week by a friends dad who is a mechanic he has qouted me £180 to change the belts including parts, but when i asked him if he could fit the variator he did not reali seem to know what i was on about. Is this an easy job if i give him the part, or should i not trust him and pay the money for alfatech in huddersfield were i normally go??
What would u do?
 

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I wouldn't want someone to learn how to do something on my car. I'd much rather give the car to someone who has done the job many, many times before, even if it is more expensive.
 

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For the sake of 100ish pounds (which is the delta betweeen your mates price and a garage) i'd get an indie to do it.

My dad knows an Alfa mechanic, he can do cambelts for a cheap price, however I'd much rather pay the extra and have the peace of mind in case the sh*t hits the fan. IMO oil changes are a different thing and I'd be happy for a mate or dads mechanic to do an oil change for example or another smaller routine task...

End of the day, you pays your money, you take your choice!!
 

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thankyou, not sure yet what im gona do, he has a garage and a lot of peole i work with use him and say hes good but like you say if owt goes wrong with my alfa after i think id wana burn his garage down!!
 

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Ask a mechanic to change a cam belt and they will say its easy (as it is on most cars - for the vast majority you don't even need any special tools), but on an Alfa you need about £100 worth of special tools. My local garage had to go and borrow them from the nearby Fiat dealer when i got them to do the belt on my old Marea. They didn't realise there were no timing marks till they started to take it apart.
My point is that your mates probably doesn't know what he's letting himself in for, and he almost certainly doesn't have the cam locks etc.
 

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I also considered using a local garage and they were happy to give me a quote to change just the cam belt.

It is only when I enquired with an Independant Alfa specialist that they told me you that I also needed the tensioner and idler changed (for the 2.0 ST you also need the balance belt and tensioner changed on that as well.) I was recommended to change the variator because mine sounded like a deisel on startup... which is classic variator symptoms.

If I had taken it to the local garage and had just the belt changed then a failure of the tensioner, idler or balance belt would have the same result as the cam belt going.

I would only now use an Indepandant Alfa Secialist as they know what they are doing.
 

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I wouldn't say purely an experienced Alfa dealer or indie should be up to it. I've done work on TVRs, Morgans,Lotus, Porsche and Supras to name but a few specialised Marques. As I always done my homework beforehand, I've never had problems even when there was bespoke modification involved.

Really depends just how conscientious and enthusiastic the garage/mechanic is. If they really care, then no probs. Manufacturers, specialists and forums are available to everyone, and even people in the trade can make use of this resource.

In this case there is a concerning lack of knowledge. However, if he had said something like "I'll find out about that", then my concerns would be pretty much laid to rest. But he didn't say that, did he?:rolleyes:
 
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