For those of you have read my previous thread on this you'll know the story, but read on cos it's ust got a whole lot worse.
I took my new (to me) 147 GTA into my local garage for a new cambelt as it was on 60K. After I got the car back I noticed it was very juddery and uneven when sat idling. Straight back to the garage the next morning, plugged it in to the dianostics which reported intermittent missfire on cyclinders 1,2 and 3. I was sure it was the timing as I wasn't convinced he'd used the right 3.2 cam lock tool. he insisted he had and that it was the spark plugs, so they got changed. No different though, still idling strange, he tells me to run it over the weekend and he'd plug it back in on monday to see what it says.
Goes back in on monday, and he then started talking about it must the coil packs. I say it's gotta be timing cos it was running as sweet as a nut before the cambelt was changed. He again tells me it can't be at that point I lost it, I took the car away and called an alfa specialit I'd been speaking to and getting advice from (Alfa Tecnico, Sutton in Ashfield) and got it in their this morning. He had a listen to the engine and exhaust note and immediatly diagnosed a misfire probably due to poor timing on the back cam (notorisly difficult one to do).
He calls me later in the morning to advise that under a compression test, all cyclinders apart from 2 and 5 are running at about 220PSI. pot 2 is at 80psi and 5 is at 170psi. the reason being (he strongly suspects) that the valves have been bent. F**king brilliant!! So what's the cost?........£2000. The whole engine has to come out, then replace the valves etc, then shoehorn the lump back in! I nearly feinted, then I nearly cried, then I was just plain angry.
Straight away I know it's gonna be a call to the first garage to get him to stump up the money. But after a word with a collegue I realise that we insure the garage on it's Motor Trade policy. So I'm now going through the motions of getting a "faulty workmanship" claim underway.
At the end of the day I'm looking at being £2K out of pocket for a while and without my car for the foreseable cos the insurers assesor are bound to want to see it.
Sorry for the long story but it feels sooooo much better to get that off my chest. I would apreicatte messages of support or advice!!
P.S I think my wifes gonna kill me when I tell her!!!!