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guys, whats the current theory on this interval, im coming upto 30k since last change, should i be getting nervous?
 
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officially i think it was 70k... but i'd then heard through the 'grapevine' that they'd unofficially recommended 35k for changes.

Read from that what you will. :D

I think the new idler/tensioner pulley should be able to last 50-60k easily. We know that the origional load of tensioners were a bit iffy which wore down v quick.. this may be why they're recommending to change them so early, I think that the newer ones are made out of better stuff to last longer... i plan on doing mine every 40k to be on the safe side.

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Hi,

Mine is going in for a belt change this week. 38K on (believed) original belt. I'm changing it because of age, rather than miles. I'm also having the variator changed at the same time, as it sounds like a diesel on startup.

Had a belt snap on my old Rover last week at 53k. 7k before it was due, 5 year old belt, no signs of contamination. Oh well.

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Origonal guidelines stated 72k for the belts but now Alfa are "officially" saying 36k. I had a letter from my local dealer to that effect but not everyone received one.

Having said that. my Ex has just bought a 146 Ti with about 35k on the clock. Dealer did a full inspection and we tried to argue for a belt change but they were having none of it. Salesman stated they would inspect and if it looked ok would be fine until 72k!!!!!!!

Don't risk it, 36k or close :)

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nice one guys, that means i have another 9.5k to do befroe i need to worry, well that should take me past new year easy. no wucking forries then. ps, any one got any ideas where i can get a left hand headlamp unit from???
 
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Isn't the belt change due either by mileage or age, whatever comes first ??? ie. only do 10000 miles in 3 years, but have to change anyway 'cos of age ???

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Yup, think it was 72k or 6 years, now its 36k but not heard anything about time. 3ys seems a fair guess. :D

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originally 72k and 5 yrs.
Now its 36k or 5 yrs whichever
comes first.
 
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I have changed the belt on mine about every 36K but never changed the tensioner. Car now done 92K is it just the tensioner or is there something else that wear out as well? I still have the black tensioner
 

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ok you've all got me scared now, my cambelt and variator were done on the 31-01-01, and since then iv done 45000 miles, should i be thinkin of changin it? it says 60,000 mile intervals in the book :rolleyes: eek!
 
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Bring back timing chains! Noisier, but less likely to break. wink
 
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TurboNuttaBastard:
ok you've all got me scared now, my cambelt and variator were done on the 31-01-01, and since then iv done 45000 miles, should i be thinkin of changin it? it says 60,000 mile intervals in the book :rolleyes: eek!
YES!!! I went the full 72k on the twinny but that was before joining this site and the recent advice from Alfa after lots of cambelt failures.

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BUgger....better ask my boss for some overtime, I just rang around and got quoted £400 from specialist and £500 from dealer for variator and belt! eek!
 
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Did my cambelt and balancer shaft belt and variator and tensioner myself easy job as you can't really go wrong.I got my parts from Poweralfa.com.I'm also doing a 1.8 16v at the moment for someone else ,they took their car to have its belt done at a local garage in Coventry and when it came to me they had not set the engine up right and their was no tension on the belt(prats).The belts have marks in three places and with the help of hiring cam locks from Jackpjw
thier is no reason why we should get ripped off.

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I did ask my dads mechanic mate who's done work on our familys cars for years, he said he's never done one and doesnt want to, and he even said that he had an alfa 155 with a snapped belt a few months bak, he only did the engine work, and sent it to the alfa garage to have the belt done?!?!

....wanna do mine to :D
 
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changing belt is a doddle if you have a couple of hours to spare and a set of cam locks.
 
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do you need the cam locks to do the belt/tensioner, or only if you're doing the variator?
 
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you need the cam locks if you are doing anything which involves removing the belt or the tensioner
 
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