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clutch slip/box whine

Ok heres the deal,

1.When pulling away in 1st slowly,
clutch will slip and judder up to
about 1750-2000 rpm.
When i do a quick pull away, no slip.
It only does this when pulling
off in 1st and not in any other
gear at any speed. (i hear that
V6's are prone to this)

2.The box has developed a slight
whine,when accelerating in 3rd,
and decelarating and going down
the gears.
Only really noticeable in 3rd
and the whine is not loud,
but still loud enough to p***
me off.

What do you think?,are the two
probs related? clutch slip has got
worse since the whine started.
gearbox oil low maybe? (not
checked it yet). BTW there is
evidence of slight leakage on
the underside of the box.
But many older cars have this.
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Tony That sounds as tho your clutch is on its last legs eek! mine started doing it before it went

Regarding your whining box ...........

..When i eventually put a new front pipe on mine i noticed that my box whines in 1st 2nd and 3rd as you describe think ist probably a bearing in the box eek!

Btw i`ve no idea how long its been doing it cos the front pipe was blowing for about a year befroe i fixed it so i could`nt hear the noise on the gearbox
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I can get a clutch kit for about 125.
Do you think i can trust a regular garage
to fit it? Or would an alfa specialist be
How long does it take to fit one, about
5 hours?
What do specialists charge per hour,
is there a lot of difference between them
and the regular/general type of garage?.
I'm not paying alfa dealer prices eek!

As for the box,i can prob get round that
by using thicker oil/additives,wearing
ear-plugs or just whack my stereo up
to 150db,or all three .
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156 2.0 Veloce

I use WAD in Wolverhampton - he has an excellent reputation and the labour part of the bills I get from him are always less than I think. If only for a comparative quote, give Will a call on 01902 401711. Even better, make the journey to have him do the work if you don't know of a reliable specialist in you area.

To be honest, I would always go to a specialist... an ordinary garage may be competent, but you'll pay the same as you will at a specialist who will know the car a lot better and will get the right parts and fit them properly.

Imagine a non-specialist trying to get the parts... "Well, it's an Alfa - they're not cheap... and it'll take a couple of weeks to get the bits..." etc.

There's always one - and it's usually me!
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Definatly go by word of mouth,i took my 155 to a "specialist" and was not impressed ,since then i,ve heard of other people with the same opinion.
Once bitten twice shy,i,ll never go back.
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BTW people, wheres the box dipstick
had a quick look today,couldn't see it.
Is it under the battery tray somewhere???
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its a stupid little wire thinggy on top of the diff.
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Cheers JB.

By the way,whilst i was looking for the
dipstick,i noticed that the rubber
protective sleeve for the speedo sender
cable, which is on top of the box,had
been burnt through by two of the brake
pipes (the ones you have to bend to fit
a strut brace) eek! eek! .
Think i saw it just in time though,
and tied it out of the way.

Might be one to check for you V6 owners.
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Imagine a non-specialist trying to get the parts... "Well, it's an Alfa - they're not cheap... and it'll take a couple of weeks to get the bits..." etc.
I find the guy who does my car excellant. He's a Joe Bloggs garage owner but has serviced and worked on all my cars for the past 7 years.
He recently did an oil/filter change with Magnatec and changed a driveshaft rubber boot for 40 inc parts.
He did my rear bearings for 30 labour and has quoted me 150 to get a clutch fitted (including new clutch kit) when I need it and 30 to change my brake hoses and renew the fluid. I've never had a problem with him. He also MOT's my cars and they've never failed although he will say that X or Y needs changed/fixed within the next couple of months.
He comes to my work, picks up the car and zooooooms off. He's a bike man, but I think he enjoys my 155 compared to the normal stuff he works on. Oh yeah, he owns an imported 3000GT pushing ~400bhp so he knows a good car when he sees one.

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Found the dipstick,in a typically
awkward place,nothings simple on these
cars is it
Anyway level is fine,couple of questions
What kind of viscosity is box oil supposed
to be?, mine seems pretty thin.
And also it looks like new oil,as in its
still clear and not "cloudy" at all.
Is this normal,as the box oil hardly ever
if at all needs changing,and the car is
8 yrs old??.

Also while fighting to put my hand into the
darkest recesses of the engine bay to get hold
of the dipstick,i think i might have knocked
some wires or connectors near the gearbox,
clutch + diff area,
because the car is now hunting at
idle. Not badly,its like a small pulsing.
Any ideas or suggestions

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