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Join Date: Jul 2014
Right, this thing is getting weirder and weirder... I have owned this car since the end of June and have not done too much maintenance to it in this time, basically just fiddled with the sticking brakes so I haven`t been spending much time under it`s bonnet...
So, the Alfa has been standing since 30.10, after which I have started it once and ran hot. It is currently -3celsius here and snow on the ground.
Friday night I was visiting a big hypermarket that also sells car related stuff so I decided to pop into the chemical isle. I bought a blue bottle of STP Oil Treatment for petrol engines. Cost me 8,90eur.
Today I went to the car and popped the bonnet. I first checked the oil which showed under the low mark, however that was to be expected since the car is sitting in an uphill but still decided to go buy a litre bottle just to be on the safe side. I poured the STP oil treatment into the engine, was expectin it to be quite lean but instead it was like syrup, after sitting outside for 15 some minutes before pouring it barely agreed to leave the bottle.
Now notice I have not started the engine before adding the oil treatment. I went inside the car, put the key in the ignition and fired `er up.
The rattle is gone. And not like "rattled for a while then stopped", it is gone like never rattled in the first place. I guess the thick stuff was pushed straight into the variator since the fill hole is right next to it, don`t know, but the engine has not ran this smooth for the whole time I have owned the car. I ran it for a while then shut it off and took the peugeot to go get more oil from the service station. I forgot to check what oil I should buy so I basically got the most expensive bottle they had which was Castrol Edge FST 5w30.
As I got back and was pouring the stuff into the engine I noticed a rether peculiar detail. The poly-V belt that runs the aircon, alt and other devices. It`s brand new. Not like new-ish, it is considerably cleaner than it`s surroundings, still has that "gleam" on the back side that fades over time, absolutely no signs of dry rot or other cracking. This got me curious so I did what I could to see the cam belt as well. Which was not that much. I removed the two bolts I had access to that hold the belt cover in place and bent the cover out to see the belt. From what I could see it`s brand spanking new! Of course I cannot verify this at all, but if I had to guess I`d say no way that belt is 5 years and 55000 km old. Some of the pulleys had some surface rust on them but same as the poly v belt, absolutely no cracking on the surface, no "drying" at all and still gleams.
So, how old the belts really are is basically anyone`s guess. Would not want to swap them just to be on the safe side cause it`s a mountain of work but basically the only way to be absolutely sure. No mentioning of this in the service manual at all, seems odd a major service like that would not be chalked up in the book...
I still have summer tires under it and there`s snow on the ground so I took just a small slow trip to the town marina`s empty parking lot to do a few figure eights and to toss the tail a bit to get it hot, managed to get it a bit above 50c (think my thermostat is jammed open) and drove back home. I let it idle in the yard, hearing a little *squeak.....squeak....sqeak* that was not there before but the rattle is definetely completely gone.
Last edited by GTVMatt; 22-11-14 at 17:18.