Tin worm attack ...
AO Gold Member
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: United Kingdom
Got my 156 back on the road after an extended head-gasket replacement ..
Mainly due to lack of spare time ... but after what seems an age (and was probably sometime in mid-September) I charged the battery overnight, refilled the fluids and finally turned the key ... waited 15-20 seconds for fuel to prime and throttle actuator to settle and she fired up first time yesterday after my efforts!! 204,552 miles!! Took her out for a spin last night and a good 60+ mile mixed-driving round trip today to and around Richmond Park. Have a small leak on the heater hose from the metal water pipe so will probably swap out the jubilee clip on there once I'm sure it isn't just loose or the hose isn't split. (Going to be a pin to replace if it is .. it goes to the engine bulkhead!)
New head gasket, head bolts, new inlet and exhaust gaskets, new water pipe seal to block, new(ish) thermostat (changed in August when I though it had split!), and new belts. Plus lots of new nuts, bolts and studs which were showing their age.
My thanks to AlfaShop, Alfa Workshop and Shop4Parts for providing the bits I needed quickly ....
So next up ... stop the leak, fix the clonking exhaust (again!) and treat the car a very good wash, polish and wax!!! (When it stops raining!!!)
And get ready to put a few more thousands on that clock!
Old Alfa's never die .. they just get more fun!
Could not for the life of me get the timing belt tensioner right this time so bought a tensioning tool of fleabay for £4! And lots of fun to line up the balance belts and get them to correspond with the marks on the balance cams.
HIS: 1998 156 2.0 TSpark with Sport Pack 2, sunroof and hi-level spoiler in Alfa Rosso. V6 intake mod, clear side repeaters and Zeatek undertray.
HERS: 2009 MiTo 1.4 95bhp Turismo arrived 21st November in Techno Grey with colour-coded headlight surrounds.
"If you're driving on the edge ... you're leaving too much room!"
My Alfa156 Web Site - how-to's, piccies, links, useful stuff, etc.