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  1. Are headgasket failures common on Cloverleaf models?

    Alfa Giulietta
    Have just come across a very nice 2010 Cloverleaf with 92k miles for £3k, the problem is that it has a headgasket failure. Is this a common issue on the Giulietta and is the dreaded alfa water pump the usual culprit? Anybody had a similar experience and be able to offer guidance on what else I...
  2. Which headgasket - '03 Alfa 156 1.9JTD 8v

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi, I've come to the conclusion that I've done the headgasket on my '03 156 1.9JTD (8valve). There are three types listed with "cutouts" nominating which one to get ie. No cutout, 1 cutout, 2 cutouts. I can't see any obvious cutouts externally and wondered if anybody here had replaced this...
  3. Is this a headgasket failure?

    Engines (TS, JTS, JTD & V6)
    Hi folks, Thought maybe someone with a bit of experience with HGs on these cars might be able to give me a little assistance!! My 156 v6 has been running poorly for a while (uneven running, down on power) so I did a compression test and found low compression on cylinders no 2 & 3. These were...
  4. Coolant disappearing - V6

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    Ok, I'm new to GTV ownership and I want to know about what I should expect as normal behaviour for my 3.0 V6. First off, my coolant is leaking (obviously not normal, i know), but I am trying to figure out where its going. I keep finding myself staring at my temperature gauge, in stopped...
  5. headgasket cost?

    General Motoring Discussion
    Hi, anyone had a headgasket changed lately? Just curious as to what you were charged as my son has a ford fiesta which needs this doing and has been given an estimate of £1000 (including reface and pressure test of head). Seems a bit steep to me even considering labour rates are £70/hr. cheers A
  6. 147 1.9JTD 16V - Cylinder head tightening torque

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Following some head gasket problems: I disassembled the head, it was skimmed, and I'm now ready to assemble it. Regarding the torque values for the cylinder head, I've found two values...
  7. Om nom nom tasty headgasket :(

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Well today my 156 1.6 twin spark ate its head gasket, so basically I'm looking for a comprehensive guide on removing the head. Any help is greatly appreciated.
  8. Twin Spark headgasket

    South Africa
    Can someone please supply me with the part number for a composite Victor Reinz head gasket for the 2.0 Alfa Twin Spark? Hennie? Corrie? Or turbonutters? The local midas here in my town have no idea what I am talking about. Stupid fools if you ask me. I want to order one so if I can just supply...
  9. Do I need a new head gasket?

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    So I dropped off my Alfa 156 2.0 Selespeed Veloce (2001, 114k) for it's MoT and service recently to the same well-regarded Alfa indy who carried out a major service (belts, pumps and the works) about 8,000 miles ago. Due to crossed wires, the garage doesn't do a service and just pops it in for...
  10. Likely to be headgasket?

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Today I was driving down the motorway, pulled off down onto the junction and noticed smoke coming from under the bonnet. Pulled over, lifted the bonnet and found the smoke was coming from oil on the drivers side of the car near the pulleys etc. The car had also been a little strange recently...
  11. Which Headgasket? HELP!

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    As some may know, I have rebuilt the head on my twinspark GTV, due to having a burnt out valve and infact almost circular exhaust cam lobes in cylinder 4! With lots help from the forum and the members I now have a nicely (wet in the rain!) polished black GTV, though there is still a nagging...
  12. Need advice- T-belt and Headgasket

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    This is without doubt the most important thread I've posted to date. Got the bad news this week regarding my 2002 147. T-belt and headgasket gone. Car is currently with mechanic in Dublin. I'll be moving abroad in September, so I'm in a bit of a dilemma. It's unfortunate as I really honestly...
  13. milky water (headgasket?)

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    hello, i`m a new poster and a first time alfa buyer . recently i bought a alfa 147 2.0 ts with 89,000 and some service history for £1100 ive been driving it now for about a week and everything seems fine and i like the car. just out of curiosity i was looking under the bonnet and notice the...
  14. headgasket failure ?

    Alfa GTA
    im not 100% sure, but i have this funny feeling. i was complaining before of weird noises, but i think it might be symptoms of hd failure. all this talk of it becoming more common. i havent got the key for the car but i think the car is heating up way too fast. ill have another look when i get...
  15. Blown headgasket dnt buy!!! Alfa 156

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    If you have been looking at this Alfa 156 for sale in Sydney, Australia stay away from it, price kept dropping. It has major headgasket problem, oil cap has massive residue of soapy substance, orange colour. Oil looks like it hasent been changed in over 4 years, and the Fan belt is also...
  16. HELP! Overheated, failed water chem test, how accurate are they & what next???

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi All, 156 1.8 TS quite badly overheated at weekend didn't notice gauge, never done it before. Reservoir was juddering loads of steam. Towed to garage that did a water coolant chemical test. Alas the guy said it there were evidence of damage to the head gasket. Didn't chat for too long...
  17. new to here, headgasket gone on alfa 156 2.0 ts

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi, i am new to here and just want some advice. need to change headgasket on my car. Do i need to lock the cams or is marking them enough if i dont move the car. do i need to take tappets out and then drop them in oil. any good guides, i am mechanically minded just want to make sure i do a...
  18. DIY Headgasket

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    Just received the bad news over the weekend that the reason for my loss of coolant is due to headgasket failure, hydrocarbons in expansion tank confirmed it. Estimated repair bill is circa £1500 + which considering it would include new cambelt & tensioners actually isn't as bad as I first...
  19. 147 1.6ts overheats smoke from water coolant tank

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    hi im new to this, but i badly need help fell in love with the alfa 147 looks despite everyone telling me not to buy it because they apparently are not reliable, i passed my test and bought a 147 1.6 turismo black tan leather beautiful, first few month fine, then problems start happening...
  20. Headgasket?????? hope not!

    Alfa GTA
    I had a nice long drive in the Alfa again on the weekend, no problems to speak of at all, munched up the 800 miles quite nicely an returned average of 30ish mpg which not bad, so you can see i was taking it easy however i just went to take some stuff down the road tonight about 1 mile, as soon...