Was beginning to believe in Alfa's, but not the gearbox
Hi all Alfa believers & lovers,
Since I am new to A.O, not sure if I need to post info I need here or just introduce me or my car, so decided to enter both details of the car & my problem. IF I need to post the problem elsewhere, please advise.
I bought my first Alfa 6 weeks ago from an auction. It's a 156 2ltr T.S Sportswagon 2001 in Black.
I was looking at a 156 anyway, so when I discovered this car available at my local auction, decided to go & bid on it rather than take a 2.5 V6 (was it a mistake? only you & time will tell). when I drove it away I was very happy with it in the dry & thought it has great pace from the start, but the handling was garbage in the wet & driving hard round corners. Discovered after a week the tyre pressures were about half what it should have been(usually the first place I start with a new car, but never thought about it).
Once the tyres were at the correct pressure, what a different car. Handling was precise & although cheap Stunner tyres were on the 15" Alloys, they held the corners well at the correct pressure. The Downside was I had ordered Team Dynamic 18" alloys & 225/40/R18 Toyo 4 tyres which was a bummer when I found out I never needed them(Still waiting to receive them late next week).
I have changed the front of the car by changing the Grille to a new one. Added Aluminium Mesh to the Grille as well as the Lower Bumper (plastic mesh at bottom of bumper) & plastic mesh next to the fog lights & it looks great from the front. Added chrome door pins & changed the rear light clusters to the chrome Lexus style & looks fantastic from the rear now. Also changed the side repeaters to the Crystal Clear type & looks far better than when bought. Once the new alloys & tyres are on it will look blo*dy great. Considering lowering it & changing the shocks as well.
Changed the Radiator yesterday as it was badly corroded.
Was very happy with the car till last Tuesday. Was driving with a smile on my face, till I started slowing down for a roundabout. Dropped from 5th to 4th & there was a crunch & 4th would not engage, could engage every forward gear but 4th. When I got to where I was going I found reverse would engage. When I did try to engage 4th while stopped, it became hard to engage 1st, 2nd or 3rd gear.
So I have gotten used to skipping 4th, but the driving experience is not as good & it's a bug*er when coming down in a hurry from 5th to third & the enjoyment of increasing speed to pi*s off boy racers with their astra's. corsa's etc trying to pass me at the start of the duel carriageway after sticking to my ars* waiting for the dual carriageway to begin is not as much fun.
I saw on another site how to Remedy a non selecting 4th Gear, which is caused by swarf accumulating at the bottom of the gear box, but don't know if this is the same in my case.
I followed the instructions last night, cleared out all the crap there was, re-sealed it & when I tried 4th it still would not engage. When I did it, I left it in 5th as I was on an incline due to it raining & it was sheltered & since I never had axle stands that's why I did it that way.
Did leaving it in 5th, stop that fix from working? If I do it again, in neutral will it work? The other thing is, where does the gearbox oil go (I know it's the gearbox, but where & how)?
Also since the 4th gear issue happened there is a sort of vibration in the clutch pedal, which gets worse the longer I drive it.
If I need to post this elsewhere please advise me.
As Terry Tibbs said "Much Love"