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Poor 156 is very sick!

So, sat on Lennox Street waiting for the AA man to arrive. Looks like a tensioner went and took out my alternator and steering.

Nightmare!

Dear Santa, I have been a very good boy. Please can I have a new Alfa for Christmas. Insurance will only tow car home so will probably have to rent until after Christmas. Boo

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if the aux belt hasn't gone into the timing belt then consider yourself VERY lucky. Tensioner €70 belt €30, idler €30, so about €200 max to fix this simple break down. Only 13mm & 15mm spanners required + abit of rope.

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Sorry to hear that , hope you get It sorted
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Rotten timing on many fronts Simon - this is the car you hope to trade in/sell soon?
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Rotten timing on many fronts Simon - this is the car you hope to trade in/sell soon?
Yep, the very one. Hopefully she will be ok.

AA man showed up after about an hours wait. Very helpful guy in fairness - first thing we went to check was the timing belt. Both of us were very relieved that it was fine!

Alternator tensioner had sheared and it in turn had shredded the alternator belt. More snapped than cut to bits though which is probably good in terms of where the bits would end up.

Had to decide where to bring it then. My AA cover only includes a tow for up to 15 miles so it was either home to Tallaght or off to a dealer. AA have an arrangment with Alasta so I agreed to have it towed there. I will of course have to get a paper round to pay the Alasta excess but fingers crossed they can fix it tomorrow (they close on Friday for the Christmas period).

Poor old Alfa though, looked so sad being hooked up for its tow-away. Will keep ye posted.

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It's probably not much consolation to you so close to the weekend, but at least the dam timing belt assemble is ok... phew!

Alt tensioners caused it? Out of interest was there any warning? Squealing etc?

Hope you get it sorted today... best of luck
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Good news on the 156 front! Tensioner had snapped and Alternator belt had gone but no other damage so it was thankfully a pretty simple job. Guys in Alasta were decent about it to be fair to them and did it as their last job before Christmas! 235 quid for the whole job.

Cathal, it just squealed for about 30 yards before I heard the shearing of metal and the smell of burning rubber. I was lucky that I could just roll around the corner into Lennox Street and stop before it did any more damage.

Pointed out a fairly nasty leak in the radiator which I knew was happening but couldnt see - have been throwing coolant in like its going out of fashion recently.

Going to reward her with a wash and polish tomorrow for the Christmas journeys!

Definitely time for a replacement Alfa though.

Thanks for the concern and the advice lads, appreciated.

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wish my fix was so simple
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Glad you got it sorted and alasta know what they are but to be honest a bunch of idiots imo also from prior dealings with them. I'd rather five Gerry the money.
 
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Good news on the 156 front! Tensioner had snapped and Alternator belt had gone but no other damage so it was thankfully a pretty simple job. Guys in Alasta were decent about it to be fair to them and did it as their last job before Christmas! 235 quid for the whole job.

Cathal, it just squealed for about 30 yards before I heard the shearing of metal and the smell of burning rubber. I was lucky that I could just roll around the corner into Lennox Street and stop before it did any more damage.

Pointed out a fairly nasty leak in the radiator which I knew was happening but couldnt see - have been throwing coolant in like its going out of fashion recently.

Going to reward her with a wash and polish tomorrow for the Christmas journeys!

Definitely time for a replacement Alfa though.

Thanks for the concern and the advice lads, appreciated.

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I wasn't too far out on the price. Glad its sorted.
 
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So she's home, just in time for Christmas. Brought her out for new headlight bulbs and a wash to celebrate!

Lads in Alasta think the Radiator leak is pretty bad and I think they may be on to something. Temperature is up and down like a yo yo. Will get a decent look today while its bright. Hopefully its an external leak rather than a head gasket. No misfires or anything, she's running beautifully but the temperature is varying from 50 degrees to 100 and back again pretty quick smart!

Damien, you're right, I would also rather give my cash to Gerry in TI or to young Andretti on here but in an emergency what can you do!

Anyway, merry Christmas to one and all on here

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check it has enough coolant in it. if thae lads say the rad is leaking the i'd believe that diagnosis. throw a can of rad weld into the system to get you thro the next few days until you can get a replacement rad. be perpared to spend another €250 [ on a rad + fitting ]

BTW its beautiful looking car.
 
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check it has enough coolant in it. if thae lads say the rad is leaking the i'd believe that diagnosis. throw a can of rad weld into the system to get you thro the next few days until you can get a replacement rad. be perpared to spend another 250 [ on a rad + fitting ]

BTW its beautiful looking car.
Pat I think the word on the street is that Nova Stop is even better than Rad Weld.

I'm not correcting you as you know a lot more than I do!!!
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I've never heard of Nova Stop but i'll enquire about it.
 
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I've never heard of Nova Stop but i'll enquire about it.
Gerry in TI recommended Rad Weld but David (his son (edit) recommended Nova Stop as did a mate who is the service manager in McAllisters (VW-Audi main dealer in Swords)...
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Gerry in TI recommended Rad Weld but David (his son (edit) recommended Nova Stop as did a mate who is the service manager in McAllisters (VW-Audi main dealer in Swords)...
My mechanic gave me a bottle of fuel cleaner recently that the OH has used and thinks has improved his car.

Only available in a few motor factors, I'll look up the name of it if anyone is interested
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Pat I think the word on the street is that Nova Stop is even better than Rad Weld.

I'm not correcting you as you know a lot more than I do!!!
Rad weld equals blocked heater rad and blocked main rad and nova stop leaves you with no leaks but no blocked up matrixes
 
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Rad weld equals blocked heater rad and blocked main rad and nova stop leaves you with no leaks but no blocked up matrixes
About time we agreed on something eh?

I'm due to use the remnant of a bottle in my 166 I've been smelling coolant for a little while..
Once I get the seats etc back in...
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temp going up and down was caused by a blocked radiator in my 166 (thermostat was already replaced 18 months ago, so that was ruled out)
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So update again! Poor old thing started leaking a lot more over the weekend. Took a decent splash of water to fill her up yesterday and a bottle of Novastop.

Overheated horribly on the Belgard Road this evening on the way home. Got her as far as the Topaz in Kilnamanagh where she started spraying steam and water everywhere and making some horrible gurgling noises! Nasty. So, rang the AA and they towed it rather than me risking driving it. Going to be back to me with a price for a repair in the morning. Hopefully just the Radiator and not the head gasket gone.

This is the last I can spend on her though. Has to go via trade in or sale after this and step up the process of replacing her. Keep the eyes peeled for potential candidates lads!

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Sorry to hear that Simon. Are you still on the lookout for a 159?
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