Fiat Cambelt

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Fiat Cambelt

Postby plastic orange » Thu May 09, 2013 11:00 am

Do I change it after being unused for 6 years (was new then), or just leave well alone.
My thought is that with Fiat twinks being thin on the ground these days, I'd probably be replacing my belt with the one that was lying beside it on the shelf from 6 years ago - conundrum?

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Postby MM » Thu May 09, 2013 11:44 am

I bought my Twin Cam saloon in 2009 after it had the engine rebuilt and then left unused in a garage for several years. I wondered about the cambelt, but have been using it for 4 years now and 6,000 miles or so and haven't had any problems, though I shall be replacing it soon.

If it appears to be in good condition, then it's probably OK for a while yet.
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Postby moggyman64 » Thu May 09, 2013 12:38 pm

Hi guys,

The belt on the engine will fatigue a lot faster that a belt on the shelf because it is under tension, and my opinion is that although the belt has not been used for years ( engine standing still) it is almost impossible to know the exact condition of it, although it has been under tension it has been in a relaxed state and now when starting the engine it is put under a lot of stress, I would change it for a new one, for the sake of £20 it just isnt worth risking the severe damage that can occur to your engine should it snap.

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Postby MM » Thu May 09, 2013 1:03 pm

Does anyone know a good source of cambelts for these? Even E-bay seems to be a bit thin on them...
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Postby moggyman64 » Thu May 09, 2013 1:46 pm

Hi maurice,

I use Gates Powergrip Belts,  ( 148 x 19) I get mine on ebay for around £20, just search Fiat 131 and you should find one. Theres one for sale on the ebay link below.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gates-Timing- ... 53f8765157

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Postby MM » Thu May 09, 2013 2:29 pm

Thanks for that, Keith. :)
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Postby moggyman64 » Thu May 09, 2013 2:30 pm

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Postby plastic orange » Fri May 10, 2013 8:01 am

moggyman64:93247 wrote:Hi maurice,

I use Gates Powergrip Belts,  ( 148 x 19) I get mine on ebay for around £20, just search Fiat 131 and you should find one. Theres one for sale on the ebay link below.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gates-Timing- ... 53f8765157

Hope this helps

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They are easy enough to get hold of - but how old are they? You could be replacing your belt with an older one, and they should be replaced on age as well as mileage.

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