Hi Alfiefreak / All,
Please please please get this sorted as quickly as you can. When i bought my car the clutch was slipping, and i carried on driving as normal. One day i heard a bang from the bottom end of the gearbox.
What had happened was something had broken from the clutch plate (from excessive wear) and had smashed into the bell-housing. This created a 2 inch hole, and then took half of the gear box (i did not know this at the time) with it. My car temp lost power and could only drive at about 30 (i was on the motorway at the time.. eeeek). I was not very far from work, so i carried on my journey. When i left work (still unknown to me what the problem was) my car seemed ok, so i drove my 25 mile journey home.
Obviously i booked the car into a garage, and i then found out the extent of the damage;
Broken clutch (needed new clutch)
a 2 inch hole in the bell-housing (needed new bell-housing)
No oil or hydraulic fluid in the gear box / bell housing (needed new)
a couple of bent gear cogs (needed gear box stripping down and rebuilding with replaced cogs)
As you can imagine this was very expensive to have fixed
In answer to your question about the fly wheel. I did not need to replace mine as this was not damaged (
) by what had happened.
On a plus side… I took my car to a gear box specialist rather than an Alfa dealership and the gear box is now better than when I first got the car
About 2 months after having this work my car broke down. This transpired to be a lack of hydraulic power (I could not engage gear with the engine on). I was just very lucky to have AA cover as I was hundreds of miles from home. My dad told me the hydraulic pipe that failed will have been damaged when the bell-housing was replaced. Something to do with stopping air going back into the engine (I bet Keith can confirm that