Rockin' in Rosie!
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: United Kingdom
County: Perth and Kinross
Brera 2.4JTDM - New gasket likely
So, the story goes like this....
...Driving back to Perth (on a Sunday), came through the Dunblane roundabout and put the foot down to take off and got very little response and noticed the temperature gauge shoot up. Slowed down, light went off and monitored it for remainder of journey whilst sticking to a lower (70ish) speed. At the top of the hill near the Fingask turnoff the temp light came on again, slowed down again, light went off and got home ok.
Checked manual to understand what the light was about, checked coolant level which was pretty low but not empty. Looked like there had been liquid spray in the engine from somewhere though. Had a look on web and thought it would be ok to take it to work and back on the Monday (64 miles round trip) and take to garage for coolant top up.
Got to garage, added a litre of coolant, engineer came out to have a look and add water in which proceeded to gush out of the coolant bleed valve which I've read about on the forum, seems to be a design flaw making it out of plastic in the first place. So we thought replace the valve with a metal one but the worst might be replace the pipe.
Pipe was replaced, and it was still overheating. Compression tests done and fluid test. Low compression of cylinders 2, 3 & 4 and leaking combustion pressure (hydrocarbons responding to fluid test).
We're now looking at getting the Gasket checked. I'm already looking at a £1,500 bill without a fix being identified. Can't say I'm having the best of Alfa luck and can't see I have many options. What I'm curious about though is how much damage could I have made driving the car under the circumstances as this keeps getting referred to by the garage. They can't drive it a dozen yards without it overheating yet I drove it 64 miles up to 70mph with the temperature only edging up towards the end.
Possibly a cautionary tale for anyone else experiencing these issues.