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Help AR Garages/ transmission/GBox leak

Hi all,

I am new to the site despite having my 2.0 147 TSpark Sele Lusso for over a year. I've not had any problems with 'Alfie' B4 but now am in need of some serious help!

I need a garage that can work on my leaking gearbox in the Derbyshire/Manc area or anywhere else accessible to Buxton.

I have posted a Thread on the Tech Forum but will copy it here just in case anyone localish can help. Thanks and hope to meet up with some of u at a local meet when Alfie is fixed.

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Hya! Welcome to AOEM.

I think your best bet would be to go to Peak Alfa. They're only 12 or so miles outside of Buxton.

Or if you dont mind traveling a bit further there is Alfa Tecnico who are about 35 miles from Buxton.

I hope you can get things sorted quickly.

Hope to see you at a meet soon.
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Thanks Halibut

Will get onto them 1st thing in the morning, Hope is fine to get to, am all excited now as I see light at the end of the tunnel!!!
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Hey, you're more than welcome. I'm sure they'll be able to sort it oot for ya.
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full of good advice me. (How's the de-chavving of your motor going? )
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this is not a chat thread hali i only removed and replaced the k&n filters so far oh and the braided brake lines
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Hiya H, spoke to Roger @ peak who said last actuator he did cost 1,100 and that was a while ago, spoke to ***** dealer who quoted 1,900 with VAT. Neither including the fitting/work. Alfie is only worth about 2,500 so just can't justify the cost. :-( looks like he's off to the Alfa Garage in the sky. Am totally gutted, pee'd off and very sad.

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have a look on ebay there's always cars being broken, or stick a thread in the techical lounge there's often ways around repairing the selespeeds without having to replace them, there used to be someone on this forum that could repair pretty much any issue Smaky i believe he's not on here anymore but he is still active on another forum might be worth posing a thread in the 147/156 lounge see what they say someone will know the name of the site or might even be able to help
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or you could always get in touch with this place http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Alfa-Romeo-Act...#ht_600wt_1037 autolusso have a superb reputation on here, 600 to supply and fit a refurbed actuator it's a bit of a drive but if necessary they will collect your car on their transporter for around 1 a mile would still work out cheaper,

edit: just looked on AA route planner which is what they use to work out their collection/delivery costs and you'd be looking around 100 each way so that would only cost you 800 all in for refurbed actuator, fitting and collection of your car( assuming it's undriveable )

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Wave Oooooh!

Wow thanks Choco! I now have 2 options to get it sorted and both under a grand which I can just about justify! Yippee & all that. Couldn't have got this far without the help of you lovely lads, so thanks so much and I'll update soon.

PS yes it is undriveable, so that sounds like a plan.

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Hey Red.

Glad things are looking up with Chocoboy's advice.

Let's hope you can get it fixed for a reasonable price.
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selespeed transmission fluid leak

Hi Halibut,

Thanks hun! Fingers crossed.

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woohooo nice to be helpful, i know exactly how you're feeling matey i'm getting mine back tomorrow after an engine replacement
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Hi Halibut,

Thanks hun! Fingers crossed.

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You're very welcome.

Be great to see you at a AOEM meet when everything is fixed.
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Wave Advice on decision re thread please.

Hi all,

OK u luvly lads final decision time:

These are the options, which do you think I should go for?

(1) Refurb'd replacement actuator unit supply & fit for 600 by Autolusso.

(2) Replace the backplate at rear of Actuator which houses the vertical hydrolic plunger (?) which, as it is exposed to the elements (remember i do live in Buxton ie crap weather!) may have rusted on the piston which in turn stops the seals from working properly as it rusts and the seals can't seal, hence the selespeed transmission fluid leaks. (Does not explain why it's coming out of the actuator at high pressure tho; does it???? 85 for 2nd hand part, no cost yet for works but less than the above I assume. Also wud have to find a garage to do it. Tho the bloke is happy to send instructions on exactly how to do it.

Your opinions wud be massively appreciated, Kind of know wot I think is the best option but as I know nxt to nowt about the subject thought I'd get some more informed advice.

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Hmmmmm, difficult one........

There is much to be said for the lower cost option, but as you say, why fluid is coming out of the actuator at high pressure is still a mystery. So, you might find that that it doesn't fully solve the issue.

Option (1) has the benefit of giving peace of mind knowing that the whole unit is replaced...but 600 notes is a painful amount to fork out.

What about option (3)? (if it's possible) to get the refurbed unit from Autolusso, but have it fitted at Peak (not having to get the car down to Autolusso would save on some of the cash outlay). I don't know the cost difference, but it might be something to consider.

I would suggest you post your above question in the 147 tech lounge.... Linky You might get some more tech based information to help you decide as someone might fully understand the detail of your problem and even come up with a better fix.

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that's not a bad idea actually from Halibut, getting the recon unit from Autolusso may possible be cheaper too as the 600 does include fitting as well ( however it's possible that's being thrown in cheap due to them supplying the part ) it involves a little research i think on your part working out the cheapest option, it may well be cheaper to hire a private company to transport the car down to autolusso rather than paying out have them drive up collect it and then drive back.

i tend to agree with Halibut also on the whole replacing it and having piece of mind thing, ( i've learned this the hard way, better to spend that little extra and know for a fact it's fixed properly )
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Thats what i thought re peace of mind choco. Its got a 6 month warranty so they are obviously quite confident about them, I assume its that price coz they get the old part and recondition it to sell on. I'm erring on the side of 'lets just get it done'. Also its due a MOT so they can do that also and its all sorted. Might look at possible cheaper transportation tho.

Thanks & big luv to both!

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could well be worth looking into i would imagine it's possible to get it transported down there for less than that, obviously it will only be a 1 way journey as it can be driven back
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try this website https://www.shiply.com/list1.php you put in the details of what you need transporting where from/to and then various transportation companies will e-mail quotes to you, simple pick out the cheapest and job done, from my area NG16 i managed to get quotes of 109 down to autolusso oso i would imagine for you would be very similar
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