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147 Engine Arggghhhh!

Hi Everyone,

My 147 2.0 TS kind of died on me today. The car has gradually been using more oil over the last few months and after approx 30 minutes of motorway driving when i pulled off onto a junction the car would idle at around 2000 rpm, until I gave a short blast on the accelerator which would then bring the RPM down to normal.

Anyway after approximately 30 minutes of normal driving today the car seemed to lose power on hills and gradually progressed to running eratically (just like it was running on 3 cylinders kind of noise). As I was trying to drive the car onto the nearest sliproad the engine died and would not start again. Once the AA came he tried to start the car and it started up but with a hell of a rattle. The AA guy said it sounded terminal and I have resigned myself to burying it but if anyone has any ideas I would greatly appreciate it.

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Re: 147 Engine Arggghhhh!

Hi sorry to hear about the troubles.

Is the rattle coming from the top or bottom of the engine?
Did the rough running start instantly and get worse?
Is there any warning lights on?
Have you let the oil get low at any point?
Have you recently had timing belt changed?

When the AA guy said it's terminal did he not elaborate any further, does he mean the big end is noisy or maybe timing has slipped and bent a few valves?

It may be something less serious...lets hope so.
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