NEW 156 owner...engine rattle...help!!!
I've had my 2002 156 2.0JTS for a couple of weeks now and I've noticed a problem....
...I have a rattle coming from the engine - this happens most commonly when I lift off the accelerator, sounds a bit like a diesel but not massively loud on start up. I am very scared!!!! In the garage at the moment but they are struggling to find the problem - they think it could be a variator issue coupled with the variable valve timing being slightly out. Cambelt and tensioners done 20,000 miles ago (Year and a half). It's done 75,000k.
The noise doesn't seem to change i.e when the engine warms up or when it's cold. Performance it still amazing and fuel consumption is very very good, tickover is as steady as it can be!
Having read the threads I'm worried that the problem may be the big end, the car's got a full Alfa service history etc Does a big end failure produce a rattle on throttle liftoff? Definately the easiest way to describe the noise is a sort of diesel clatter. | gues the noise happens when the throttle is pressed down very lightly too.
Help I have my dream car but am I facing a nightmare???????????