Hi, i've had a look through other threads but can't seem to find anything like this previously discussed. My 147 JTD (05) 72,000miles has been having low coolant levels for the last fortnight, regularly topping up. Last week the engine management light came on and i lost all power. After gving it time to re-set itself (as has worked before when i was having problems with crank sensor) it restarted, but died a couple of times on the way back home (only a few miles). It was booked in the garage the followng day, so asked them to take a look. (last visit to garage was at 70,000 miles service)
I was told that the car needed a new water pump and whilst at it to do the timing belt. They couldn't get their diagnostics to work on it so advised to book in at Alfa specaist garage (non-dealer) to look at the engine management problem (by this time it had re-set and light out). Car booked in for a few days to do the work, they said ok to drive home but water pump squaking a bit. Drove home (less than a mile), by the time i pulled up at home there was a bad smell and some smoke coming from the engine. Rang the garage and they said to bring it back. Said i'd leave it a few minutes to cool and head back. Started her up and drove about 100 yards and the car just died. Wasn't able to get the engine cranking or anything. Arranged for a tow to the garage the next day, where she has remained. Been told today that the timing belt has snapped, they're putting a kit on it to see what damage has been done.
Could the timing belt snapping have been predicted by the garage? There's no way i would have drven it anywhere if i'd have known it could be this serious
They're getting back to me with more details tomorrow and i just wanted to check out my optons. If we're looking at a rebuild, from looking at previous threads it seems best to stick to your engine as you know what's what. Cost wise though i'm just wondering if there is a lot of work needed doing whether it will still be worth doing or selling car as it is? Car in good nick apart from this.
Any thoughts/suggestons gratefully received.