Gearbox, diff and a bank loan.
OK, just after christmas while on aa long drive fourth gear stopped selecting, this was fine on short runs but recurred again on long runs. The car was due a service and as I suspected it to be a 'swarf' issue was not unduly worried....even when fouth gear stopped working altogether whatever the length of journey. The car was booked in to the AlfaWorkshop for service and gearbox fault.
While waiting for the day (last monday) to come round fourth gear started working again and remained working perfectly all the way to Royston.
A call from AlfaWorkshop on Monday afternoon and the bottom dropped out of my bank account!
The diff noise that had been going on for over a year turned out to be as suspected a bearing (dont know which one as yet), early supposition is this has created the swarf and damaged the gearbox ( i think they said something like second shaft...but dont quote me), so, gearbox out for rebuild,diff beaaring, new clutch while the box is out and a service.
A figure of £1200 was mentioned but only a guess at this stage depending on what is found........I was going to say a gallon of petrol and a box of matches would be cheaper but given the price of petrol these days that statement might not be true.
So if anyone is feeling benevolent .... all donations gratefully accepted.
I would like to say that although my car is a selespeed, this has nothing to do with the selespeed system.
I will update more when I know more and can see the keyboard through the tears of impending financial doom.