Thursday last week my 156 started making some groovy grinding noises.............a whirly, dry berring type of metallic noise coming from the engine bay, in the cam belt area.
Fearing the worst I took a trip to Ray Holt (Birkenhead) to have her looked at, first thing he suspected was something on the auxiliary belt, but as there was so much noise and vibration from it all, it was hard to pin point, and told me it could be a water pump issue!
Not happy with that diagnostic as the cam belt was only changed 5k ago, and the garage I got the car from would not change the water pump as it was working fine. So I got an estimation of the cost of a cam belt change / water pump, so it looked like I was going to throw £300+ at the Alfa!
So the weekend was spent away from Bella; as if it was a water pump issue, I didn't want to have to deal with a snapped cam belt too! Ray happily took in and looked after Bella until he could work on it on Thursday.
Rang Ray Holt up today to ask him to save any changed parts, so that I could have a kick off at the garage I bought it from, but to my surprise he had just finished it, and it was mine to collect.
Cut a long story short, it was the auxiliary pully wheel that had decided to give up, so a new part from Alfa (£50) and an hours labour (£35), and then the governments added duty (£15) and I have my car back, running nicely, without the nasty dry whrily bearing grindy noise, and chirpy bird sound.