First Time Alfa owner - Help please
Firstly Hello everyone, purchased my 1st Alfa earlier in the week at a bargain price, a red 146 1.8TS. Looks the bees knees, however it does have a couple of problems which I would like some advice on.
1/ The engine sounds awful in idle, like a diesel in fact. I know the car is overdue a cambelt change (and I assume a re-time at the same instance) as it has done 76k. I'm assuming the retime will return the engine to the beautiful sound it should make?
2/ While visiting my garage and showing the mechanic under the bonnet he noticed the lower camshaft pulley on the aux belt was not rotating straight, almost buckled. He suggested changing the pulley and belt, which I have bought, but has not been fitted yet. However looking at the pulley with engine off I cannot see any distortion with the pulley. Could there be a more sinister fault?
3/ I keep experiencing lapses in power for split seconds when cruising in fifth. One of the first things I did was put a shot of redex when I filled it up, could the redex cause this?
That is the main problems I have at this time, I'm sure I can find some more once this is sorted!
I hope to have a long enjoyable time with the Alfa. Any other info/tips/guidance would be appreciated!
Last edited by Coddy; 03-05-09 at 10:13.