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159 Ti engine problem


A week ago I had a problem with my 159 Ti (1.9 JTD). It started when I went out to de frost the car. While I was scrapping off the snow i noticed that there was a funny burning rubbery smell. On opening the bonnet I could see some steam / smoke but thought that it might be the heating up engine burning off the frost. It had been about -10* overnight.

Anyway I set off on a 10 mile journey but I could still smell burning rubber each time I stopped. I got as far as the central motorway in Newcastle and a load of warning signs came on the dashboard saying 'stop engine immediately. Consult dealer'. So as I was 1/2 mile from Benfield Alfa I went straight there.

Anyway, when I tried to restart the engine after a quick stop it went chug, chug, bang ! Ooops. Sounds expensive ? Bottom line it would seem that the water pump had 'broken' and that had caused the timing belt to jump. Ouch !

Other than this problem the car has been great for 18 months / 24,450 miles. It was serviced just before the 21,000 mark by Benfield Alfa about 2 months ago. No hint of a problem.

I love the car, it look great and is a good work tool - although the rapid / excessive tyre wear is not sustainable when the replacement tyres via Kwik Fit are around the 300 mark - per corner. Benfield Alfa have some replacements for about 110 each.

The 159 Ti is NOT brilliant in the snow and ice but is a very nice drive at all other times.

Has anyone else had a similar problem with the water pump / timing belt ?

P.S. I have to say that Benfield Alfa in Newcastle have been great and sorted out a courtesy car very quick on a Saturday afternoon. They gave me a 1.4 MITO which I have to say is a great little car and considerably better than the 159 Ti in the snow. They even offer me a 159 Lusso when a change of water pump and timming belt didn't get it back to life. But I opted to stick with the MITO as it had been so good in a trip in the snow to Edinburgh and I have a business trip to Bristol between the Christmas and New Year - probably in more snow and ice. I am self employed so such thing have to be done when the clients are available.
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Very VERY common problem with all the 16v 1.9 & 20v 2.4 Alfa Diesel engines.

As you correctly noticed, the water pump seizes and snaps the cambelt...
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