Living la vida loca!
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Join Date: Jul 2005
Re: TS Engine Failure - Causes
Yeah, same old story on other forums I visit in Spain. The TS is a big seller here and I read a lot of sad sotories of failed TS's. It's mainly down to tensioner failure more than anything else as well as belts perhaps being left for longer than 5 years thinking the mileage is the only factor to take into consideration. Very wrong and very expensive attitude!
The oil starvation is basically due to the FIAT blocks not quite up to the Alfa heads demanding performance. As far as I am aware as long as you keep a close eye on oil you should be OK bar any 'other' factors as already mentioned. A pain in the @rse but expensive if you don't.
Amazingly I finally have an Alfa that does not use up oil!!!! I no longer carry a can in the boot either. However, it uses gear oil like there's no tomorrow (need a new box) and it's loosing water somewhere... bummer! There's always something to do!!!
164 V6 24v "Zender Alfa Sport"
Past glories: Sud 1.5ti, Alfetta GTV, GTV6, 33 1.5ti, 33 1.7ie, 164 3.0 V6, 164 3.0 V6, GTV 1.8TS, 156 1.6 TS, 159 2.4 JTDm QTronic.