I'm getting really worried about my poor twin spark
Here are the details:
156, 1.8 Twinspark, 66,000 miles, Full (mostly Alfa) service history, sexy as fcuk!
I have 3 Alfa stamps at slightly odd intervals:
13,000 miles (1 year old) - MKG 3000 Alfa Specialists
27,000 miles (2 1/2 years old) - MKG 3000 Alfa Specialists
43,000 miles (5 years old) - MKG 3000 Alfa Specialists
The 43,000 mile service was stamped in the 60,000 mile box, what might this mean?
The cambelt was last done when I bought the car from a private dealer at 59,900. I have looked at the invoice and it quotes for a cambelt 'kit' at £83, along with an oil change and filter. Total charge for the job was £235.
I noticed when I bought that car that there was a strange tapping noise coming from the engine bay, from experience with old cars I thought it sounded like valve clearances or maybe the exhaust gasket blowing. It disappeared after about 10 - 20 secs and from reading the forum I have put it down to the inlet cam variator. Is this a fair diagnosis?
So, there is the history. I keep reading about water pumps and tensioners failing and destroying engines. I can just about afford to get a cambelt done at the moment but if I am looking at a £1500 bill then the car will have to go
Should I be worried about the waterpump failing/seizing? (will alfa have replaced it during servicing?) and does a cambelt 'kit' at £83 include tensioners/idler? Lastly, does a fcuked variator damage the cambelt?
What would you do in my situation?
Is it worth me doing the cambelt/waterpump myself? I have done several on my X1/9s and Minis.