Hi troops, my 156(2.0) '98 £3k, has been loudly ticking (consistent with revs), since i bought the thing 2 mths ago, (trade inverness).
The condition of sale was correct the (ticking noise, fix wipers, pringle tubes and abs light) under warranty within 6months and ill drive the car away,
Since then the warranty/trade guys have "spent" @ £2k on an entire new rack/pump assembly,rear callipers& pads/discs, front(rusted thro' pipes:::see heads up thread::
and all has been amicable between us,
They now say "They cant find the source of the ticking" and have tried, ( balancer belts, flushes, tappits,lifters,a new cam) to have no joy with it, so its money back or live with the ticking, Hmmmm.
The cam belt changed 15k ago, the vari' sounds like its on its last legs,it has a dealer history, and these trade guys have had it in thier servicing hands for the last 40k. (They "know"the car, they say,)
From cold, ---crank up engine,--vari' noise for 4-6 sec then fades, 10ish secs into turn over this (rpm consistent, t-t-t-t-t-t-t-) feint to start then gets louder as more( lube?/heat?) time goes on, until Carol Vorderman pops up and makes a mockery of my 3 letter answer "PUP"
SO, not being a mechanic, is it a reasonable assumtion that in the trade/ nature of the beast, not being able to source/diagnose the problem is a reasonable answer? Or is it lazyness, reluctence to spend more time and effort on an already purchased/ warranty claimed vehicle? Surely any problems eventually should be diagnosed..............
How would " Has the hamster fallen off its wheel perhaps?" be taken by a qualified mechanic?
I am an the area of Hamilton/ Glasgow so if anyone would like to open the bonnet stroke thier chin, then say hmmm. Please get in touch.
If anyone has an alfa-diag in the Scotland area, could they help me empart the pearls of it wisdom upon my wee 156, in exchange for Beer, Duty free cigs' or my wife.
Thaks for all your help guys, This site has been of so much help over the past months and you all deserve the clap
sorry, a round of applause