Working on the 308 is a breeze, jack up the rear, pull off the wheel and remove the large inspection cover which is normally held in place with some large self tapping screws. And voila!!
If you click the image to the right, the damaged air con tensioner is hidden just behind the water pipe below the water pump pulley. The large silver lump on the right is the right hand fuel tank.
For a first job, this was easy, and took just a few minutes. The result was instant, no more noise. While the cover was off I also noticed that the alternator belt was looking quite warn, but I guessed this would wait until I did the full service... Wrong!
That weekend I drove to my local town to get some fuel and the belt broke some 5 miles from home... The alternator belt on this car is strange, it is a standard "V" but a great deal narrower than the normal 10mm ones. It measures 6mm across the flat and has the serrated edge on the out side flat as opposed to the inner "V". These belts are only available from Ferrari, but as a temporary repair I fitted a normal Gates belt 6220mc or 10mm by 1000mm.
So far most things had gone to plan, luck was also seriously on my side, every time I needed a bit for the car, it would turn up on eBay that day. In this was I managed to source a pair of brand new Koni front shocks for half the retail price and a K&N oil filter. I also managed to sell everything that I removed from the car, including the old timing belts and bearings, stereo and the alarm. It seemed strange the car was almost self financing.