Hi all, I had a trauma yesterday; my alfa 156 2.0 jts selespeed packed up on me as I was trying to pick my daughter up from school. I would appreciate any help to diagnose the problem.
I was driving on the A34 just outside of Newbury, when the motor control warning buzzer came on with the warning legend. I heard a grinding noise from the engine, then lost drive. I limped to the side of the road (loosing power steering and power assisted brakes in the process). I called Greenflag who arrived 30 mins later. The gentleman from greenflag, although pleasant enough, scratched his head and sucked in his breath - but could not diagnose the problem. The car would not restart, and there is just a whirring sound from the engine when the key is turned. He did make a throwaway comment that it could be the cambelt; but just asked if I wanted the car taken to a garage or my home. I went for the later, as I only relocated to berkshire two months ago, and have not as yet looked up a decent indy garage. I also chose to get the car home, as I was not aware that greenflag have a 10 mile restriction on recovery.
I looked at the car this morning - with the key at MAR, the gearbox light is flashing. I did not want to try and re-start the car, as i thought this may do more damage. I could not see anything obvious from the engine compartment; I put the car up on stands and took the plastic protective undertray off, there were small inch long pieces of what looked like a broken belt in the undertray(only 3-4mm wide). I looked at the cam-belt from underneath, because I could not see it properly from above (plastic cover); the belt seemed to be intact. I did notice that a plastic cover on the underside of the engine compartment, had some of the same fragments sticking out from it (just adjacent to the lower pulley of the cam-belt.
I would really appreciate some advice on this issue. First for a diagnosis; and secondly for a steer on a good indy garage as close to Newbury as possible. See pic's of the fragments and the cover where they came from next to the cam-belt.
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