Steering rack/ clutch conundrum :$
I am in a bit of conundrum.
I bought my Alfa 159 2.4 from a garage a month ago.
After driving it for a while I noticed occasional “squeaking” while parking, I noticed that the red stuff was still in the steering fluid reservoir. So I booked it in at a respectable Alfa specialist in the region, at the specialist they diagnosed quickly (30minutes) that steering rack was faulty/needed replacing (due to corrosion) and also told me that the flywheel was noisy. Their recommendation was to change both the steering rack/flywheel at a cost around at 2K. With that information I went back to the garage I bought the car from. They had the car for a day and basically said they could not find anything wrong with the steering rack (could not hear any squeaking or see any damage on the rack). They said the flywheel was a bit noisy but nothing which warranted a replacement. They rather thought the squeaking/rattling was down to clutch related issue. They told me to monitor the situation for a week or two and then get back to them.
I was not happy with that solution so after a bit of discussion they suggested that the symptoms might be due to clutch bearing. (It annoyed me a bit they did not suggest this until they realized I had started considering my legal options) They offered to strip the gearbox to verify this. Is that a reasonable solution or should I get another garage/specialist to have a look at it to get another opinion ?
Sorry for the long read.