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Old 24-07-2007   #31
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Re: The terrible sounding engine

I went by to the local Fiat today to impress them with my John Deere; apparently I only have to change the cam belt, tensioner and some other wheel (most likely the 'driven gear' from ePer).

The bad news is that this will set me back £480 - the parts being £235, labour £245

So, anybody recently seen these parts on eBay?


I'll nontheless make sure that I'll be prodding my B with the stethocsope whenever I recieve it. Without a tie on
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Does this look like the parts? £170 cheaper than here, or more likely £140 when customs etc. have been taken into account
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I think so, they look like the parts but mine was fitted by the garage so I didn't see them all laid out like that.
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Re: The terrible sounding engine

It will be, do it yourself....after taking out the whole interior the cam belt will be easy.

Need to remove the inner arch lining and then you will get the space you need to get in.

Found it's the same with the alt pully belt remove the liner and the job is much easier.
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Not sure I can be bothered doing this myself... I think I'd rather have the Fiat (/Mitusibishi/Chevrolet ) garage do this so I can get the warranty on the repair. I did have the cam belt changed in February by my brother who did it for free - and apparently badly - and look where it got me .

Better safe than sorry


(The 2nd wheel's the 'Fixed Tightener', not 'Driven Gear' )
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Btw., should I have the water pump changed while having the cam belt done?
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Yes, whilst you're in there. Drive it over here and I will do it for you gratis
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Re: The terrible sounding engine

When replacing the pully belt do you need to replace the tensioner like you do on the cam belt ?

Do I need a TDC gauge for pot one when setting up to change the cam belt?

So far I have a cam belt,tensioner, water pump, pully belt, cam blocks, cam tool.

I still need to get gasket seal, coolant, (TDC gauge ?) anything else ?
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In answer to your questions Doc: 1. No. it is not as vital obviously as the cambelt tensioner. 2. You dont really need a tdc guage as you will have everything set up before you take the old belt off i.e. the cam locking tools in place and the crankshaft at TDC anyway but I always take number one plug out and have a peek/poke just to make sure! 3. Torch! It gets a bit dark down by the crankshaft. Also last time I did one, I took the crankshaft sensor off and cleaned it, gets quite a lot of muck on it. regards clive.
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One other thing Doc just as a safety measure seeing as you have not done one before, when you have finished I would recommend that you turn the engine over with a spanner on the crankshaft at least a couple of revolutions just to make entirely sure that you have done everything right and that there is no interference between pistons and valves before you start her up
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In answer to your questions Doc: 1. No. it is not as vital obviously as the cambelt tensioner. 2. You dont really need a tdc guage as you will have everything set up before you take the old belt off i.e. the cam locking tools in place and the crankshaft at TDC anyway but I always take number one plug out and have a peek/poke just to make sure! 3. Torch! It gets a bit dark down by the crankshaft. Also last time I did one, I took the crankshaft sensor off and cleaned it, gets quite a lot of muck on it. regards clive.

One other thing Doc just as a safety measure seeing as you have not done one before, when you have finished I would recommend that you turn the engine over with a spanner on the crankshaft at least a couple of revolutions just to make entirely sure that you have done everything right and that there is no interference between pistons and valves before you start her up
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Yes, whilst you're in there. Drive it over here and I will do it for you gratis
Cheers mate

I did actually look into the option of going over to Blighty to have my car fixed at DTR, but the ferry alone (2 persons, cabin, car) - roundtrip Stavanger-Newcastle - was £400 or more. Obviously that expensive due to it being high season now, but well expensive nontheless

Ordered the parts today - hope they arrive soon

Off to Romania tomorrow for a few days, so my little B will get a well earned rest
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Dont be getting sunburnt
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Won't be seeing the sun too much - will be down there doing a gig, so I'm mainly gonna be stuck at airports and the beer tent

Must remember to pack my shorts so I can show off my hairy legs
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