Loving my red
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: United Kingdom
A bit of DIY mechanics and I've broken it!
I've not long had my 1.9 JTDm 159 (just over a week infact) but as soon as I got it I realised it needed its intake manifold replacing - the swirl flaps were not working.
So yesterday I spent about 4 hours taking the old intake manifold off the car and today I spent about 3 hours putting it all back together again with the new parts.
However, just as I was finishing off the job I hit a problem. I thought I would give the nut that holds the high pressure fuel pump drive pulley an extra little tighten (as this has to be removed for the manifold swap) and I heard a strange sound. It turns out that I have overtightened the nut and cracked the pulley in about 4 places!
I now daren't start the car and doing a complete cambelt change (which is going to be necessary to swap this pulley) is a little beyond me.
So, what to do....
I can either get a tow to the nearest local garage and get them to do a cambelt (and pulley) change or hire a trailer (with winch) to tow the car somewhere.
I've also just found a mobile (Alfa specialist) in Worcestershire which is about 50 miles away who advertises that he can do cambelt changes on your driveway. I've emailed and now waiting to see if he fancies a long drive our to Lichfield.
I could be gutted, but to be honest I'm just damn pleased that I noticed the little tiny cracks before I started it up!
Any other ideas about how I can get the car mobile again?