Alfa 147 1.6Ts first registered Nov 2003.
12,000 mile service done at 12,155 miles Standard service.
At 12,239 miles whilst negotiating a sharp bend into works carpark. Noise
like belt going under bonnet ( have had fan belt break on another vehicle
many years ago ) and engine stopped. NO nasty metal noises.
AA diagnosed cam belt as camshaft not turning when turning engine over on
starter. NO nasty metal noises.
At Victoria Park Motors in Cardiff, many scratched heads. Cambelt cover
removed. Belt split longitudinally into 2 and transverse across 1/2 . 5
teeth scrubbed off other 1/2 of belt.
Fitted new belt, checked com
pressions, within factory guideline pressures.
However, took off camshaft/head. No marks on piston heads but 2 valves not
freely moving compared with others. Not same cylinder. Valves/guides
replaced head certified within tolerance. Refitted to engine, started and
ran well but engineer thought variator was noisy, therefore stripped down
and new variator fitted.
Picked up car today, washed and vacuumed. I think they put a 2L back because
from 3000 revs the power just keeps on coming. Couldn't resist it on the way
home, BMW in front who didn't know the road.
According to garage a foreign object went through the cambelt cover and
damaged the belt.
How possible, How plausible??????
All fixed under warranty.