think you'll find its a 10mm allen key, and you may be able to re-use the
washer if its not damaged, if so get one from the dealer since any old
washer will not do the job, it should be a copper or alloy one.
Wouldn't that make it difficult to fit the new belt?
Ah, the 1.8 has no variator so I can't give an opinion on that :)
There's only 2 bearing caps to remove (which come off quite easily), the cam
cover gasket can be re-used (so long as no oil is leaking from it and it is
in good condition - just crank it down a little tighter), and considering
the potential for damage if it is done wrong, I think spending a few quid on
some cam locking tools is a good idea. After all, the camshafts won't move
at all when the cams are wedged!
Not really as the locking belt sits on the rear side of the cam sprockets
secured with buldog clips/clamps.
The variator is where the problem occurs!
These caps secure the cams for sure. But this can be done with other cam
lock clamps without necessitating the removal of the cam covers, gasket and
Well one day I'll have to change my can belt on my Stilo Abarth, assuming I
have it at 5 years/50K miles :-). On my Coupe 20V I've already had it
replaced due to an auxilary belt failure (double poly-V belt = crap) which
was ingested into the cam belt area and caused the cam belt to ride over the
junk on the crank sprocket and throw the timing out. Fortunately my wife
spotted the ecu warning light come on and stopped. On the Coupe the ECU
warns if the camshaft to crank timing goes out of specification. Luckily
prompt action meant no valves were bent. The car was recovered to the
garage so I let them get on with it :-)
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