Hello fellow Alfisti,
So as all Selespeed owners fear, issues arose with my '02 156 JTS. I had noticed that it was starting to drop Selespeed fluid after finishing the drive home from work. My initial thought was a faulty hose or a leaking accumulator, but after pulling out the battery and priming the system with my head in the engine bay, there was no such evidence. After a thorough clean I was able to track down the apparent leak to what appeared to be the rear of the Selespeed actuator. However, once again after some careful monitoring I noticed this wasn't quite the case, and that the leaking only appeared after driving around, and that it wasn't just Selespeed fluid that was leaking. As time went on, the problem started becoming more of an issue with gear selection failing. So upon greater research here, and after pulling the gearbox sump plug, I confirmed that it was a leak from the actuator into the gearbox, and the gearbox oil was now a lovely milky colour.
So after reading threads diagnosing the issue as the seals sealing the actuator from the gearbox via the selector shaft, I decided to look into the issue myself rather than take it to a local Alfa Indy and end up having the whole actuator replaced for no reason. Upon consulting these two threads (http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-...x-removal.html
) I managed to (after a little difficulty with the finger bolt/plug) remove the actuator from the car.
Now, I was hoping to see a blatantly obvious problem with a split o-ring, but as illustrated below, it seems okay. Can someone confirm this?
So if that's okay, is it an issue on the selector shaft?
And is those aren't apparently where the issue lays, what is it? Seals inside the actual actuator unit?
Any thoughts would be appreciated. I'd really like to try and get this sorted by Christmas so I have the nicer car to drive back home.