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Heading home in the dark on Tuesday night when I came across a length of road where the streetlights had gone out.

Came over a slight rise in the road and bang!

Some mummy's little darling had placed a huge lump of concrete on the road.

The had rolled it onto the road from the grass verge, the marks were still there on the road.

As a result the 147 is now in my mate's garage on the south side of Glasgow having a new sump fitted.

Currently hoping that there's no damage to the engine due to the loss of oil.

I get the car back tomorrow morning, (Friday) and I'll find out on my way to work if it's okay.

Fingers crossed folks.


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Crap, will be ok as long as you didnt drive it loads after the oil leaked out.

I hit what looked like a large snowball at 60 mph, turned out it was a rock with snow on it in the middle of the road. My car bounced over it and it pierced a hole right though the aluminum undertray. Saved the sump though!
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My wee Clio pretty much had no sump left due to rust and drove it into town to the doctors then over to the garage, pretty much had NO oil left since it leaked all over the road, seems fine now so hopefully you're wee 147 will be too. Also hope the little sods that caused hurt themselves dragging that concrete!
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Busted sump is no fun, and really expensive (considering it's just a pan for oil to sit in). I had a crack in mmine and, as many of you know, my elder brother runs a wee general garage. He priced one up for me new and it was just under £500, cost. Luckly he also knows a specialist welder who managed to repain the crack for under £200 and you wouldn't know the weld was there unless you knew what to look for.
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Picked the car up this morning.

Big hole in the corner of the sump but no apparent damage anywhere else.

However, £650 lighter and that included transporting the car over to Pollokshaws.

Still, could have been worse.

Bit of a fright though, later on in Edinburgh.

Couldn't engage any forward gears.

Turned the engine off, then on again, no difference.

Then, pumped the clutch a few times and the gears came back.

No further problems for the rest of the morning.

Brakes and clutch feel fine and there's plenty of fluid in the reservoir.

Maybe drop the car back into the garage just to be sure that the concrete didn't damage anything else.

Any ideas anyone?

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Could be a seal has gone in either the master or slave cylinders. Pull back the rubber at the pedal and check for wetness, and do the same at the slave cyliner if you reach it.
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sorry to hear your news Jim - fortunately you weren't hurt - cars can be mended albeit at some cost but people not so easily

there's some nasty little gits out there
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Well, the car seems okay after it's little coming together with a lump of concrete.

Slight worry after overfilling with oil - my fault, not the garage's.

New sump, new oil filter, clear synthetic oil and trying to read the dipstick in the dark.

Now there are two dipsticks in my Alfa according to the garage!

No further problems with the clutch. It's been checked out too, no apparent problems, so I'll just be aware of it for the future.

Looking forward to the Dukes Pass run now.

Can someone tell me, is it a rolling start or are we flagged off? Only kidding!

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