For the last month my Gtv has been suffering from a very nasty vibration. If I took her over 4000 revs (which I spend most of my time doing
) she growled at me, not in a nice way, and the whole body shell vibrated which I could feel through the pedals, floor pan & centre tunnel. The whole car seemed down on power and I really wasn't enjoying driving her.
After some time of speculation and generally worrying myself I managed to take her into my local Alfa Specialist Sunnyside Garage
. Felice, the owner, placed his hand on the engine while I revved it and quickly speculated a timing issue of some sort with the most likely candidate being the Balancer shafts but he checked the engine mounts aswell for safe measure... which appeared fine. So, I booked her in and waited for the fatefull day.
Within a couple of hours of dropping off the car I received a phone call informing me that it was the rear balancer shaft... it was 6 teeth out of alignment, about 45 degrees I believe, so it's not suprising the car felt so bad! As my variator had also seen better days, I got this replaced at the same time and all for a very reasonable price. The belts were changed 6 months ago at another garage (but not the variator, don't ask!) so these were checked and to keep costs down were left on. As I fired her up in the workshop to drive away, you should have seen my face, I had the biggest grin. The power is back (feels like someone's given me back 10 bhp) and the engine is purring like a kitten with no horrible diesel start-up noise.
Looking at Sunnysides 'Specials' page, I'll seriously be considering my next timing belt change is carried out there.