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Looking at all he thread on here, there are loads of peeps that have had a cam belt snap recently.... why.

Please please please if you have a Twin spark engine get the belt changed every 36k or 3 years... Alfa have halved the cam belt change interval on these engines recently.. so be warned...

V6 and JTD is still @ 72k, although some people change them around 60k to be safe.

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Is that 36k miles or 36k kilometers? If miles - does that mean it should be changed every 60,000 km (as per my current service schedule)?

Also, will alfa take responsibility if it snaps before 36k?
 

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This comes up so often on this site I think it should be a headline thread, just like the Selespeed info and corroding brake pipes. It would help cut down on repeated threads maybe.
 
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£6k miles or 3yrs for all Twinspark and JTS engines.

Note: make sure you change the tensioners and idlers for the timing belt (and balancer shaft belt, 2.0 only).

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My V6 had it's belts and tensioners done prior to me buying it a couple of weeks ago. It's done a little over 60,000 miles and the mechanic said the belt wouldn't have lasted much longer. I'd advise people not to let it go much further than 60,000 it's not worth the risk!!
 

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just out of curiousity. I had them done last week (belts, tesnioners and variator) and for 3 days the car was fine, now the 'diesel' sound on start up is back (cold starts only)

any ideas please - besides thinking that they said they changed it and didn't - I don't think this guy would do that?
 

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Had a similar prob. I checked oil and it was low. Now I think an engine bearing of sorts is gone. I'm taking it back to be repaired. Luckily I have a warranty. I'm not taking it back til it sounds sweet.
 

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Had a similar prob. I checked oil and it was low. Now I think an engine bearing of sorts is gone. I'm taking it back to be repaired. Luckily I have a warranty. I'm not taking it back til it sounds sweet.

Thanks for that - he changed the oil and oil filter as well and did diagnostic check and other bits and pieces - I will have to phone him I guess :(
 

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I find on cold start the diesel-esque sounds goes away after a few revs. May just need to get it moving first, whereas before it sounded like that all the time.
 

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It does only last a second but I had hoped it would be gone altogether. Whereas before the variator was noisy most of the time.

The car is running as sweet as a nut other than that, it feels great at the moment.
 

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Is 72'000 miles or a certain period of years for the JTD?
Sorry I forgot to say 72k or 5 years for the JTD and V6.

Can a mod sticky this thread or do another warning thread to advise people so it doesn't keep get repeated... ??

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Also, will alfa take responsibility if it snaps before 36k?

I have mine booked in next week.

My local Alfa dealership told me that since my car was "Within" a certain age bracket, in that, my service schedule states every 72k, and they've since changed it to 36k, Alfa will put £140 towards the cost of a new one.

Not exactly taking responsiblity if it snaps, but at least it's something.
 

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My local Alfa dealership told me that since my car was "Within" a certain age bracket, in that, my service schedule states every 72k, and they've since changed it to 36k, Alfa will put £140 towards the cost of a new one.
My garage managed to get £220 out of ARUK towards the costs for the cambelt change on my car. The specialist dealer I am using is not the cheapest around so you may have a better deal anyway, but I am interested in knowing how ARUK decides the level of compensation. :confused:

Ah well, can't complain, at least Alfa is admitting there was a problem with the previous service schedule and they are helping us out.
 

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I believe the V6 has been revised to 60k miles or 5 years. This would tie in with the 12k average miles a year or 5 years.


I have read that the Twin Spark scheduled belt change was always and still is 72,000.


72,000 km that is, which is 44738 miles. Alfa possibly forgot to convert to miles when shipping the literature to the U.K.

This would mean a cambelt change at 36,000 or three years, because 44738 is BEFORE the 4 year or 48,000 mile service. Leaving the belts until the 48,000 service interval would be leaving it until AFTER it's recommended change interval.

Could, of course, be talking testicles :lol:
 

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My garage managed to get £220 out of ARUK towards the costs for the cambelt change on my car. The specialist dealer I am using is not the cheapest around so you may have a better deal anyway, but I am interested in knowing how ARUK decides the level of compensation. :confused:

Ah well, can't complain, at least Alfa is admitting there was a problem with the previous service schedule and they are helping us out.
Nice one :)
 
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