Well I've had the 159 back for a couple of weeks now after having the inlet manifold and all attached components IE swirl valve ETC and the ECU that controls those associated components all Replaced,
Now I dont know if you guys know but to have all that done apparently there are various cam/timing belts that have to be removed and replaced to do the job, In the last week I have developed a rattle
and after reading the various threads on rattles and associated knocks ETC I checked out my windscreen for the usual shall I say stock fault! and any other poss causes that have been detected by you budding Technicians on this site, To which I might add Alfa owes you all a debt of gratitude, For you perseverance and support of the Marque,
Anyhow although I have checked the above I cant say that I can make the screen rattle it does'nt seem to be any of the usual faults discovered here although I'm hoping that it is all down to what I discovered myself this morning!!!!
I have discovered a 15mm bolt protruding approximately 4 inches long IE hanging out of the side of my engine,
the location of which looks to be like one of the bolts that secure the housing for the cam/timing belts, Now the bolt is out as far as it will go and is rattling up against the side of the bulk head, There are no fluid leaks and its not caused any running probs and there are numerous other bolts holding the cover in place, as I am sure there are a few holding the GEARBOX in and maybe if i'm lucky theres a few in the WHEELS and PERHAPS the @~#?** ENGINE MOUNTING TO !!!!!!!
Now I have been an engineer working with vehicles for 30yrs and although it is in the field of In Car Communications IE Handsfree car kits Tracking, Navigation, & ICE, and yes before you ask I do have a website I am not sure as a newbie whether or not I would be breaking house rules by giving you guys details of that on this site??
Now I know my way around tools and new state of the art cars and I also no why that bolt is hanging out of the side/front of my engine, Well front because the engine is transfersly mounted,
Id say it was down to an overzealous Mechanic/Technician who has over tightened the bolt and sheered the thread either on the bolt or on the engine casing
Dont think he wanted to tell the service manager about that did he??
Anyway needless to say they will be getting a call first thing Monday morning! and so will the suppliers of the vehicle, lets see if they will give me a Brerra this time EH!
I'll keep you posted Guys
Still love her though the car that is oh and the wife she's great to not lost any bolts though rattles a bit though!