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Some 2.0 TS info needed!

Hi,

New member here, looking to get his new Alfa up to scratch before it's big unveiling on the 20th of March.

Check out my other post for more info: https://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/intro...ml#post5243555

As for my issues, the exhaust is blowing at the front and the back. So I'm thinking a replacement exhaust would be more beneficial than trying to muck about fixing the front pipe and rear backbox. I have the 3 cat CF3, but have heard the CF2 may be of benefit? I am fairly competent with a set of spanners and I have done modification in the past (re. lambda). What I want to know is it worth it?

Within the last 500 miles the car had a cylinder head skim and rebuild with cambelt and full service, yet there is oil coming out of the rocker cover. So it's not been done properly! This work was done by a "Fiat specialist" under the last ownership. Here are some pics;

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I wouldn't expect shoddy work from a Fiat specialist but here we are! I plan to fix myself, and I have read that I need to apply some gasket sealant around the corners of the head by the cambelt in order to achieve a better seal. Any more thoughts on this? I just planned on getting a new gasket and then sealing all the way around just to be certain.

On cold start, the engine seems to tappet slightly, and although you cannot hear from inside the car or outside the car, when I get myself under the engine with my head by the gearbox, it seems to make a knocking sound. As said the knocking is only noticeable when under the engine with my head by it. After about 3-5 mins of tickover, the engine is completely smooth and it's ticking over nice and quiet. Is this a worry for the future? Or a typical trait of the 2.0 TS that's "normal". I only ask cause I've never ran a 2.0 TS before now.

Thanks for anyone who can clear this up for me, I'm sure these Q's have been asked before so sorry in advance. The car drives real nice so hopefully after the creases are ironed it will be even better!

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Do you know why the head was off? If it was after a cam belt failure then get the big end shells changed asap. The shells get shocked by the contact of the pistons to valves causing failure a short time after. Catch it early and its just labour and a set of shells.

Lots of threads will recommend using some sealant on the cam gasket but with a freshly skimmed head and a new gasket you really dont need to, no harm in using sealant though, just makes it harder to remove next time.
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I don't think they replaced your cam cover gaskets. That's a terrible oil leak, never seen anything like it. Get a cam/tappet cover gasket set and replace it asap. oil leaking onto the exhaust manifold is also never a good thing.
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