Hi guys a tech question of course for my QV -
I have done quite a bit - have scrounged enough to buy one of alfissimo's boots for the airbox (hallelujah!) - and now....
When she's cold, the engine positivly whines...and when shes's toasty, its almost silent apart from a happy V6 growl. Which means - and this is where I am not sure and need some sage advice from you all:
1) The hydralic idler is full of s**t, and needs to be replaced. Alfa can do it for NZ$200 for the part, and I am not sure of labour, but if I combine it with an oil change, not so bad.
2) Its the belt itself - though : I have sprayed anti-slip spray liberally on the belt as the engine was running, and the power is way up (
), but....the sound got WORSE, though it got better at toast temperature. Incidentally, the water pump appears to be doing a better job of keeping the car cool, a result of the gluey stuff perhaps ? comments please....There was an Alfa Tech bulletin covering my car, and so far there has been no belt reaplcement.
The water pump has had it !
So - I have listened to the water pump while the engines been revved by a mate with ye olde screwdriver, but it seemed ok....I hope, Alfa Auckland's gonna take a look on saturday morning.
Is there any way of telling if it well and truly is the water pump bearing ? Is there any way of being certain that its the idler bearing ? clues to me have been that the sound is quite muted when standing above the engine, and it seems to be bouncing out from under the car, which is a hopeful sign...but I could be DEAD WRONG, and so would appreciate ANY and ALL advice, from the sage to the flippant, and I hope get some consensus.....
I love this car, its a total MF to drive, and since the belt spray and new brakes a hoot thanks to power and brakes together...apart from the unprintable screech.....