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156 engine rattle.

Luckily near home after 150 mile round trip, engine developed a horrible rattle and lost all power whilst turning a corner. Engine came back on before cutting out again as I parked up. Started engine again but not sure if rattle is top or bottom end. Is it fatal?
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Re: 156 engine rattle.

welcome to AO Xmen..

imo i would get it looked at asap....

all the best

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Hi welcome to AO. Get her checked out.
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Re: 156 engine rattle.

Hi - Have you had a diagnosis yet?
I have a 156 2.0 TS with 78K on the clock - belts OK and recent oil change. I had a similar experience - pulled on to motorway M27 near end, and noted a tinkling at about 4000 rpm in 3rd - I eased back and settled at about 2500 - 2700 in top where it was almost inaudible. - no warning lights or loss in power. I suspected the variator as I had been told they can rattle but should not affect performance.
I continued gently on to the A31 for a couple of miles but noted the sound got a bit louder under load uphill. I pulled over as soon as possible but it had developed into a rattle. It was still running smoothly but b..... noisy - turn off quick! - AA home - Local Alfa garage listened and suspect bottom end (as was my thought), but said they had never seen a failure of big end caps or bolts. The difference is shells at about £200 or replace engine £1500 - £4500.
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