now a diesel head..
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Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: United Kingdom
knackered exaust camshaft JTS
not a good day yesterday..
went off to the alfa workshop for a cambelt change, elected to do the water pump variator and all tensioners and idlers as well.
so was already in for £615.
the new cam was £396..ouch! i'm fully aware I could have found a used one for alot less but I live in guildford and the cost of leaving the car there till I found a used part in time and petrol just meant as it was in bits do it.
still hurt though, I hate open wallet surgery!
on inspection a very worn lobe was found, now bear in mind this car had 31k on the clock when I bought it in september and now has 39k..
full and complete service history, low mileage and in fantastic nick apart from an exhaust flexi hose which I replaced very cheaply.
have kept oil topped up, using 10/60 as per factory spec and check the oil weekly and top up if required changed 3k ago.
the only thing evidently wrong with the car was what sounded like the variator on its way out..there would have been no way to seee this problem without taking off the rocker box cover and cranking the engine by hand to inpsect the lobes..
worrying for any buyer of a JTS engined car.
this is way to soon for a camshaft although I have done my research since and i'm not alone!
so my questions are how do I proceed..?
option 1) aquire some camshafts from a breakers or similar and have them ready to go at every cambelt service.
option 2 fit a 2.0 twinnie ..is this even possible? I know some 1.8 ts engines went into the GT blackline but having driven one I found it required alot of gear changes.
my commute of 42 miles each way mixed driving would not be relaxing in a 1.8 ts, this is why I ruled it out in the first place.
I could go and PX for a GT JTDM but just really didn't want a Diesel, despite the obvious benefits given the mileage I do.
option 4) some other option I don't know about, after market cams or maybe can the TS cams be adjusted to fit the JTS? apparently the inlet one is the same as the TS, any advice appreciated.
TBH its not the best introduction to Alfa ownership, I expected some surprises but this is ridiculous..
according to Jamie and the Guys at the alfa workshop the camshafts on the jts are just made of sub standard material.
Last edited by joeymannero; 13-12-14 at 14:47.