Well, I took my car around to my local dealer (Sam van Lingen of Savali-fame). The mechanic had a listen to my 'diesel', and told me it might well be a tappet, but he couldn't be certain so it would have to be taken apart to replace either the faulty tappet or the cam variator.
But, since the car has done almost 170k km, he suggested doing the variator, waterpump, belts, etc. all in one go at 180k. Because, so he claimed, the tensioners and idler wheels of the cam belt and balanceshaft belt needed replacing at 60,000km intervals anyway! eek! Well, at 170k I can see the sense in doing the waterpump at the same time as the variator, but I thought that having had the whole lot replaced just over a year/50k ago, meant that I wouldn't need new tensioners etc for a long time.
- So now I'm wondering, should I replace the tensioners and idlers? There's nothing in the manual for the 156 16V about this.
- I'm thinking of getting the special camshaft timing tool (locking caps) and doing it all myself, as it's not a very difficult job. But, do I need the special tensioning tools for the two belts or can I make do with general tools?
- Rich, you mention an article in Practical Mechanic on 16V rebuilds. Is this on 16V engines in general or on the alfa 16V engines? Where do I get a backissue? The mag is not available in Holland... And yes, I would be interested in the supplier of the locking caps, so please pretty please? wink