Hello fellow Alfa nuts! This is my first post but I've been lurking for some time
About 3000 miles ago, I had my cam belt changed together with the water pump (metal impellers). The car's mileage is 58000 but it's a 1999 so it was due to be done - I thought this would save me some bad problems later. Seems I was wrong!!
The car has been driving fine but just recently was lacking in power (I mean really lacking - it had trouble pulling away from an old Metro). It felt lumpy as if it was not firing on all cylinders, then a couple of days ago it refused to start - I left it a bit, tried again and it eventually came to life but it sounded like a tractor
- as if there was some damage happening. So a breakdown truck later, my bella arrives at the garage that did the original cam belt job.
First the mechanic said the cam belt had jumped a tooth and that was causing all the problems. He said he'd done a compression test and all was fine, there was no damage to the valves etc...
Then we had another call to say that he thought it was down to something called a "woodruff key" being too small, he then took it upon himself to make one and fit it. All was fine, he thought that was the problem and put everything back together.
Had another call today, now he's still unable to get the car started and it has an injector warning light coming on (which it didn't previously).
I've looked for references to woodruff keys and found next to nothing!! Does it sound feasible that this would cause this kind of problem?
Does this guy know what he's doing?
I'm worried now
Does anybody have any opinions / ideas?