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Last week I started to hear a whine from the belt area. Wishful thinking thought it may be a problem with the Aux belt and sure eneugh with the Aux belt off the noise stopped. The good news didn't last for long though and the noise was soon diagnosed as a waterpump :eek:

I thought about doing the job myself but decided that in needing to buy setting tools and the time it would take that I would instead use my local Alfa specialist near Cambridge.

They have called me today advising that I need to buy new cam - cover gaskets as mine are shot. Whilst I chatted with the mechanic he expressed some concern over whoever had changed the timing belt previously. It seems clear to him that the waterpump was not changed on the last belt change and that whoever did the job had not used the correct setting tools. They had instead marked the pulleys with tipex and apparently the cam timing is quite a considerable way out. :eek:

When I bought my car it had recently had it's first cam- belt and other work undertaken by an Alfa specialist in the midlands. Being the suspicious type I called the garage to confirm that the car had indeed been with them and that this work had been undertaken. One of the reasons I chose to buy this car was because of the work that had been done and because it had been done at an Alfa specialist. Clearly some Alfa specialists have unique ways of doing things. :mad:
 

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Assume you are getting a metal impeller GTV/Spider waterpump?
 

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This is why I DIY.....even if it's a PITA at times and not always the cheapest way to go.

Sorry to hear of your troubles with it :( At least is sounds like your current mechanic is competent.
 

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I confess that I have not always been totally happy with the place I use but they do generally seem to be fair and honest. I did contemplate doing the job myself but didn't really have the time so the wallet will take the hit :(
 
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