Ouch! Sudden 156 V6 gearbox failure
My gearbox has just self destructed! It's got a big hole in the casing and broken bits of gears rattling around. My local garage believes the diff bearings collapsed and some remnants have caught in the diff gearing causing the broken gears to smash their way out of the casing!
Has anyone seen a problem with diff bearings before? I thought they'd outlast just about every other bit of the drive system. Did I mention it's only done 50K miles?
The only warning I had was a knock and a jump with the steering on full lock the day before - I assumed track rod failure etc but everything looked fine...then next journey, turning off an island, a bit of a crunch and all the gearbox oil was on the floor.
I'd love to know if this is a known flaw so I can moan to Alfa, thanks