My Bella 147 2.0TS - Niggles Help & Advice Needed :)
Bella has developed a few symptoms over the winter which are a worry. They could possibly be nothing or then again they could be something major. I'm not sure if the problems i have encountered are all seperate or related in someway. Reading through Bellas symptoms, if anyone has any thoughts, advice or suggestions it would be greatly appriciated.
1. I bought my 03 147 2.0TS (56K, now 60K) in September last year. A week into ownership and i kept getting the engine oil pressure low warning, oil was full (10w40) and engine was good. Took it back to the inde dealer who specialises in Alfas and they changed the sensor and all has been good.
However within the last week i'm getting the engine oil pressure low warning flash again. It only appears for a second and then goes off. It only happens when i'm going round a left hand corner at slow speeds or breaking hard.
I have read that errors could just be flashing up due to a low battery charge so i gave the battery a full charge a few days ago and yet i'm still getting the warning.
I've checked the oil and its on the max mark. I think i could have possible over filled the oil slightly in December but not too much. Would this have an effect at all? (10W40 was used)
Could it just be the cold weather that is playing games with Bella's electrics?
2. I also think my variator is on its way out as my engine is starting to sound quite diesel like on start up. Is a broken variator a serious problem or will the car still function without casuing any further damage?
3. Yesterday i after a short *spirited* trip (30 mins max). a metallic tapping noise developed. The frequency of the tapping increased/decreased with revs and appeared to dissapear at higher revs (3k+). With no knowledge of engines or their internals i would say it didn't sound like the actual engine was churning itself to bits as it was only a light tapping. The car was parked for a few hours and when i came back to the car the tapping was no longer present. Anything to worry about?
Any ideas, thoughts or suggestions are greatly appriciated. Maybe i'm being over sensitive and worrying to much but i can't afford anything to go wrong with Bella right now.