Had my alfa less than a month and beginning to have more issues, but i dont care i love the car and its worth fixing
Anyways, since driving the car i have had a few occasions when accelerating normally the engine seems to struggle slightly and lag through the early revs. This happens when the car is hot and cold and doesnt always happen. I just assumed this was down to the different exhaust back box fitted and with the exhaust flexi pipe needing replaced at the front.
Now driving home yesterday this "lag" happened and a noise came from under the bonnet that i can only describe as plastic objects in a washing machine on full cycle. Obviously i pulled over and the noise was not there on idle. I was just around the corner from my house so i drove it back slowly and popped the bonnet. Initially i thought something had come lose but i couldnt find anything and after getting the wife to press the throttle we noticed the noise seemed to be coming from under the cam belt cover. I left the engine to cool down so i could do some proper diagnosis and not burn myself.
After a while i ran it up and the loud noise wasnt there but the engine sounded slightly louder then normal but not to bad. decided to drive to my mates down the road and on route, when engine seemed to warm up the noise came back and struggled getting the power so i had the "lag" and grinding plastic noise.
As the noise was coming from the cam belt cover we removed the cover, well enough to view the belt and there are lots of teeth missing and on of the cogs seems to be covered in a white chalky substance.
I am arranging the belt change to include variator and water pump but im wondering if the symptoms i have had do link in with the belt or could this be something entirely different and the fact im missing teeth off the cam is a coincidence.
Thanks in advance guys