Tin worm attack ...
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Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: United Kingdom
Re: Help !! Pleeeeze
Matt: How did your mate decide it was water in the oil? If he looked under the oil filler cap and there was a light coloured "mayonnaise" (oil/water mix) it may just be you engine isn't running hot enough. If though the water is in the oil on the dipstick, then you may have a problem.
When you are driving the car on a long run, what sort of tempertaure is the water gauge showing? It should be around the 90 mark all the time. If it stays low, then the thermostat is stuck open, the engine isn't getting up to the correct temp and this will cause the mayo in the oil. Take the car for a good long run and check the oil filler cap again afterwards.
The water leakage may also be down to a very kn&ckered radiator ... 100K miles and on a 9 year old car, it is probbaly coming up to its 2nd replacement!!
Don't know anyone in your area who specialises in Alfa's ... but there is a little garage in Old Windsor who might be able to check it for you. They actually advertise as Peugeot/Citroen specialist but they have other makes in. They are called ATC Motor Services at Straight Rd Works, Straight Rd, Old Windsor, SL4 2SA Tel (01753) 842721. I found them when getting some new tyres fitted and they seem to be pretty competent guys ... family business.
They should be able to help you diagnose the problem, but I'm not sure if they would have a go at the repairs ... I didn't ask them when I went last ... but they were just in the process of repairing a Ford Puma with a blown head gasket ... You probably need a compression check first ... a dodgy head gasket will show up as low pressure on one of more cylinders.
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