Wanted to share a slightly worrying experience I had with my '06 diesel GT this weekend in the hope that it stops others experiencing what I did......
I was doing a 90 mile drive back from a wedding when, a few miles from home, i noticed a smell of diesel starting to come into the cabin. Rather than ditch the car on the hardsholder of the A1 I decided to limp the next couple of miles back home to Hitchin. As I got into town I noticed some smoking coming from the rear of the car and so started to pull over. The GT had other ideas though and cut out all together!. I managed to roll the car into a bus stop. When I got out, the rear of the car was covered in diesel as was half the engine bay. There was diesel leaking from the back drivers side of the engine onto the floor at an alarming rate. Scary stuff.
I got the car recovered to the only garage in town that was still open and we had a closer look. There is a rubber pipe connected to the fuel filter, it was pretty obvious that it had been rubbing on the filter housing over the years and had finally given up and dumped diesel everywhere. I did a bit of research when I got home and found this recall notice:
Recall Details for ALFA ROMEO - 147 & GT 1.9 Multijet 16V
My first thought was that it had missed the recall (despite having alfa FSH!) and it was the hose to the high pressure pump that had ruptured. I got on the phone to the local alfa dealer this morning and it turns out that my GT had had this recall work done to it. After a bit more nosing around on the internet I'm now pretty sure the pipe that ruptured is the pipe being fed from the low pressure pump in the fuel tank (it's the pipe next to the number 4 on this diagram http://www.alfaworkshop.co.uk/images/108-0-800.jpg
). I'm not an expert by any means so please correct me if i'm wrong here.
Aaaanyway, to cut a long story short, I've got a replacment tube part on order. More worryingly is that the garage the car is currently at tried to tape up the old pipe to see if they could get the engine going and move the car. The car now won't start atall and the mechanic at the garage was a bit worried that the high pressure pump had run dry and would need replacing (anyone know if this is likely? - it sounds worryingly expensive). If they can't get it running with the new pipe I'm wondering if it's worth paying to recover it to a specialist? (alfa workshop is jus up the road)
What do you all make of this? Has anyone else had this issue? If other peoples cars are like this then i'm really suprised that JTD engines dont spontaneously combust on a weekly basis! It seems like a pretty major design fault. I'm hopping I haven't caused more damage by not stopping as soon as I smelt diesel....... doh!