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Help !! Pleeeeze

Greetings... i bought a 156 2.0 t spark. got 100k on clock 98 model.
A mate has told me there is a little water in the oil ?? which means something to do with the head gasket. The seller told me to keep an eye on the water level every week ?? and may want to replace cam belt ?

Its a bit sluggish in 1st n 2nd gear and its freaking me out a little.

I dont have a clue about engines and i need some help on who can sort this out and especially ... prices and labour costs

I dont mind paying the price but dont want to take it to a cowboy... you know how it is

any info and help would be much appretiated

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Re: Help !! Pleeeeze

Hi Matt and welcome to the forum.

If you're not sure about the cambelt, get it changed, and quickly. It's a £350 or so job to get done, it's a few thousand if you don't and the belt breaks.

If you tell us where you live someone should be able to point you in the direction of a good independant garage who can sort out the water leak problem for you - it does sound like a head gasket. Get it fixed before bearings get damaged by the water in the oil.
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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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wot they said re: checking your car. As for garages,
Alfaman Services Limited - Alfa Romeo Specialists Garage in London seem reasonable, near rayners lane.
Or, AM Motors in Herne Hill. Been taking my cars there for years, independant, knows his stuff, tell him your concerns and he'll check it all over for you. 020 7733 3596, next to the train station.
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many thanks guys...lot of help there, I'll get this all checked out...bit relieved now..
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