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Help strange engine clicking then sounds like a diesel

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I have just finished repairing an Alfa 146 t spark. 1.6 petrol 2006 model (insurance write off).

Been on my first drive to MOT centre and have noticed a really strange intermittent clicking noise from engine. Also the engine sounds more like a diesel than a petrol, however every so often this diesel engine sound dissapears and it runs smoothly.

There is plenty of oil in the engine, no loss of power, and it does not sound like big end bearings. It does however sound like a dodgy cam. The car has been stood for around 6 weeks since accident.

Any ideas?


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Variator has perhap excesivilly worn. With it not being used regularly, all the oil would have drained out of it, thus when starting it will take a few moments for it to fill, im guessing that those few moments or "dry" running have finished it off.
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A 2006 146? I thought they stopped making them in '01?
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