How to fit a Q2 or Quaffe Diff to your V6 gearbox

Tools used -

17mm long reach socket

13mm socket (I used a standard one but you may find it easier to use a long reach)

13mm ring spanner

5mm allen key

large vise + two pieces of soft wood

press tool - buy this tool here http://www.totallyalfa.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=admin.dspProductForm&id=138

long tommy bar

Parts fitted -

Q2 diff

2 x diff bearings

2 x diff housing seals - fitted to seal holders

2 x seal holder 'o' rings

liquid gasset sealer

For my guide I have assumed you have already have the gearbox out of the car and it is on your woorkbench.

Use the 13mm socket and 5mm allen key to remove both of the seal holders, which are either side of the diff housing. Note which hole the allen headed bolt came from and which seal holder came from which side of the casing - they are different in shape and thickness, This will help you with the re assembly later. Also you may find a shim behind one of the seal holders - keep it safe and make a note of which side it came from.

With the seal holder safey put to one side use the 13mm plus 17mm socket and the 13mm ring spanner to remove the diff cover. With the diff casing off you can now carefully remove the diff an dcrown wheel.

Next tightly clamp the crown wheel in a large vise using two pieces of soft wood to protect the crown wheel from damage. Now remove the crown wheel's fixing bolts using a 17mm socket and a long tommy bar. With the crown wheel removed from the diff you can place the new diff in postion. Replace the fixing bolts, I found traces of studlock when I removed my bolts so when replacing them I cleaned them off and put a drop of stud lock before retightening them.

Next I fitted the new bearing to the new diff. I used a press and a special press tool which I made up to ensure the bearings were not damaged in any way.

With the bearings pushed on as far as they will go it is time to put the diff and crown wheel back in its housing. Carefully place them back in the housing making sure the bearings are all seated correctly.

Then after covering the joint faces with a thin coat of sealer loosely fit the cover so that the diff is held in place. With this done fit new seals into the seal holders, remove the old 'o' rings, fit new ones and again smeer the joint faces with sealer. Now loosely fit the seal holders in place. Remember to fit them the right way around and to fit the shim in place.

Once everything is loosely fitted you can fully tighten everything down. I tighten the seal holders first as they and the shim ensure that the diff and the crown wheel are correctly aligned. When everything is fully tighten up you are ready to slot the gearbox back into your car and enjoy your handy work but remember to fill the gearbox with oil first!

Engine/Car Manuals

If you are in need of a manual for your car please email me and let me know the car model type, engine model number, year etc. and what part of the car you need the manual to cover and if I have it and have the time I will scan it and up load it onto the main website's download section.

Please do not start taking you car part, then decide you need help from a manual and expect me stop what I am doing and upload it right away. I am always happy to help but sometimes it takes a few days.

Alfa Romeo 2000 2600 tool boxes

After being lucky enough to get my hands on an original tool box I have started planning a short run of replicas.

If you would be interesting in buying one please get in touch as numbers will be limited.

I would also be interested in any comments on layout, specification and sources of the correct materials the boxes were original made from.

Quotes and Total costs

Many of you like to know what the total cost of the tools including shipping before to press that pay button. Which is understandable because many of are buying whole sets of tools.

The simple way to find the total cost of the tools you are intersted in is to press the "add to basket" button for each of the tools. This will creat a list of tools which includes the total cost and the total weight.

Once you have added all the tools you are interested in, then scroll down and choose which part of the world you want the tools shipped to. Then press "continue" and the website will then calculate the total cost of the tools you want including shipping.

At this point only press "pay now" if you want to got ahead with your order.

What tools do I need to change the cambelt on a JTS engine

Over the years I have been asked this question many times. Usually my first response is - "it all depends what you already have in your tool box". But assuming you do not have much in your tool box, here is a list of what special tools you could need.

Cam blocks

Cam block fixing screws

TDC gauge holder

Dial gauge

Cam belt tensioner tool

Exhaust pulley tool

Inlet pulley tool

Obvousily you could try changing the cam belt without any special tools (I know people that do this) but I find that the more tools you have the easier the job and there is less risk of damaging your engine

Also I can not recommend enough downloading or buying a copy of the factory manual and having a good read of the cambelt changing section before you start taking the engine apart. If you have not already got one have a look in the download section of the main website as you will find one there (if I have found time to scan one in!).

Can you identify this tool?

Have a look at the photo and if you know what tool this is or for what engine I would love to hear from you. My guess it is for adjust the valve clearances on a pre war Alfa engine, but as I say it is only a guess.

Tools for changing the cam belt on a 164 V6 24v engine.

A variation on a theme! The 164's V6 24v needs slightly different tools to carry out a cam belt change.

I recently spent some time helping Daryl a mate from Weston-Super-Mare change the cambelt on his Alfa Romeo 164 Q4. The list of tools below are what we ended up using.

Cam blocks - Tool No - 1 825 040 000

Cam block fixing screws TDC gauge holder

Dial gauge Cam belt tensioner tool - Tool No - 1.820.273.000 with adaptors 1.820.275.000 and 1.820.274.000

Auxillary belt tensioner de-tensioner tool - 1.821.271.00

Cam belt tensioner de-tensioner tool - use a piece of stiff wire (or similar) 1.5mm diametre

Exhaust pulley tool - Tool No - 1.820.272.000

41mm A/F thin wall socket

Crank pulley locking tool or a flywheel locking tool

and lastly a copy of a the factory manual including the correct technical bulletin for his car. If you have not already got one have a look in the download section of the main website as you will find one there (if I have found time to scan one in!).

Tools for Cambelt change on an Alfa V6 24valve

Again over the years I have been asked this question so many times. Usually my first response is - "it all depends what you already have in your tool box". But assuming you do not much in your tool box, here is a list of what special tools you could need.

I can not recommend enough downloading or buying a copy of the factory manual and having a good read of the cambelt changing section before you start taking the engine apart. If you have not already got one have a look in the download section of the main website as you will find one there.

Cam blocks

Cam block fixing screws

TDC gauge holder

Gauge

Cam belt tensioner tool - I would suggest not using the factory tool as I think it is too fiddly, use my much simpler and cheaper tool.

Exhaust pulley tool

Crank pulley locking tool - As I say on the main website - do not use this tool to lock the crank pulley while loosening the crank pulley nut as the torque to loosen it (200-247nm + several years of corrosion) may result in the crankcase being damaged

Cam pulley puller

41mm A/F, thin wall socket

Other standard tools you will need or find useful are -

5mm Allen key - cover removal 6mm Allen Key - cover removal 10mm socket (1/4" drive - I find small is best) - if you intend to replace the waterpump at the same time Spark plug spanner Pozidrive screwdriver for removing the wheel arch liner

Impact Driver to be used in conjuction with the 41mm A/F, thin wall socket

Obvousily you could try changing the cam belt without any special tools but I find that the more tools you have the easier the job! Also it could save some very expensive damage.

What tools do I need to change the timing belts on my JTD/JTDm engine

If you you are not sure what special tools you need to change the timing belt on your JTD/JTDm engine send me an email stating your Car model, year, engine and size and most importantly your engine's model number. From that I should be able to help you.

One thing you will need is a good manual for your engine preferably a copy of the factory manual. If you have not already got one have a look in the download section of the main website as you will find one there (if I have found time to scan one in!).

What tools do I need to change the cambelt on my Twinspark engine

Over the years I have been asked this question so many times. Usually my first response is - "it all depends what you already have in your tool box". But assuming you do not have much in your tool box, here is a list of what special tools you could need.

Cam blocks - The Twinspark engine has been around for a while now and for various reasons cylinder heads have been swapped around. You maybe lucky and the person doing the swapping has swapped like for like but I have come across of at least two examples now where the wrong cylinder head has been fiited. This means the 'correct' camblocks will not fit. If you know the engine's history that is great and makes life a lot easier however if you do not know the history of your engine tread carefully!

Cam block fixing screws

TDC gauge holder

Dial gauge

Cam belt tensioner tool

Balance belt tensioner tool (2.0ltr engines only)

Exhaust pulley tool

Inlet pulley tool

Obvousily you could try changing the cam belt without any special tools (I know people that do this) but I find that the more tools you have the easier the job!

Also I can not recommend enough downloading or buying a copy of the factory manual and having a good read of the cambelt changing section before you start taking the engine apart. If you have not already got one have a look in the download section of the main website as you will find one there (if I have found time to scan one in!).