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I Currently have a Project Alfa Romeo 156 1.8 TS

And the problems are endless

i need help from all alfa heads to help me get this beast up and running,

Your help would be much appreciated

Heres the Problems:

1: The handbrake is released (the car is on a slope) and the car won't budge!

2:The Brake pedal is very hard and doesnt move far

3: I have managed to get the car started however when it was running for that short period the engine was screeching like mad and i could see small amounts of smoke from the engine. (I've found out its the alternator pulley [seized?] )


Extra info about the car

The cars cambelt snapped a couple of hundred miles ago and fully replaced (valves etc) costing £750.

After the repair the car was used for a short while then has been left on the drive for around 8 months

After that i tryed getting it started and all these problems emerged!!

All help would be dearly appreciated

Also i would like to add i'm only 14 so help Would be dearly Apreciated :)
 

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Just thinking, £750 is a very cheap rebuild..
 

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Big end is probably on it's way out. :(

I'd get a donor engine tbh.
 

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So if it is a cheap rebuild
do you reckon they did a crap job on it?
I think they did! :cheese:
Whats your opnion??
 

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14 and your pulling cars apart already? Good on you.

Anyway, it sounds like a simple case of your brake calipers seizing on. Not quite so simple to sort unless you are lucky. You may have to strip the brakes down and use a ton of WD40 to get the pistons moving. Also you will need something tro help push them back in.

If you are really lucky and want to risk it you can start the car, put it in first gear, rev the testicals off it and let the clutch go. I cant guarantee that this wont damage something else though.

Good luck
 

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£750 is very cheap for a rebuild.. when the cambelts go in the twinsparkm the big end bearing normally follows a few thousand after the repair unless they have been checked.
 

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If you want to make some easy money just break the car for spares, sell the bits on eBay and here, and then scrap the remainder. Thats if your parent's don't mind you cluttering up the drive/garage for a few months.

Getting this back into working condition will probably cost a fair bit, money you probably don't have..
 

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so if the big end bearings go then it rendesr the engine completly useless(i presume)
I'll have to find out a way to get this sorted :rolleyes:
 

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I know what you mean pud i wanted to break iy up for spares
but its not gonna happen my mum would never let me! :(
But i'm thinkin i'm in no rush to fix it i've got 4 years to wait:lol:
 
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Hang on there. I see no evidence of big end failure so what the hell are the rest of you going on about.

It sounds like what it sounds like.

1) Seized calipers...but may only be a seized handbrake cable, so try easing that first.

2)The screeching is probably the belt screeching on the seized alternator pulley, which is not that difficult or serious to sortout.

All this talk of rebuild and new engines is very premature and I think its very wrong of people to frighten the poor lad into thinking the worst when there is a fighting chance its a lot less serious than that.

Advice for the future. If a car is laid up, then chock the wheels and leave the handbrake OFF. Run the engine every couple of weeks to keep bearings/water pumps/oil pumps exercised, and the circulation of oil also prevents rust forming in the bores from condensation. And keep the battery charged up of ocurse or it will wreck itself.

If the car is off the road for age and ages then try and eep the wheels off the ground to avoid flats on the tyres, and keep them pumped up, slightly over the recommended pressures.

I also think you need a good mate who knows a wee bit more than you to help you with the brakes. Brakes are not really for beginners, they are too important.

Good Luck

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Thanks Alfalincs

I wasnt even gonna touch the breaks without help of a experienced friend
as i don't really know what to do with the brakes.

Thanks for the advice :)
 

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I was wondering what all the doom and gloom was about. I recon it will be a reasonably cheap fix evn though it could be a bit fiddly.

I started with a Mk1 Escort at the age of 16. Some what easier to sort out than an Alfa. Im sure it will be the dogs by the time you can legally drive it.

All the best
 

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same as you bt mk 1 mexico (lookalike) at 16 good for you khes alfa just take your time and keep asking questions on here and enjoy it.
 

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Have you tried to start the engine with the aux belt off (the one you can see)? It's on a tensioner which is quite string, so you might need an extra pair of hands or a long ring spanner. If the screeching goes away it's down to the alternator, steering pump or a/c compressor if fitted. Or even the tensioner! Belts tend to screech when they are loose as well as seized. Does it feel tight if you pull/push the belt?

Just reread you first email .. seized alternator .. get a new/2nd hand one ... wotsits to fit though I believe.

Good on you for starting so young. I was 16 when I started working on cars, after attending some night-classes, but I decided to get a proper job ... apprentice places were thin on the ground. I'm a father of three now (my youngest is your age!) and I'm still looking after my own cars, which saves a fortune, and still looking for a proper job!!! ;)

Just remember ... if you are working under the car, don't rely on the jack. Use axle stands. And for the rear brakes you are going to need a piston wind-back tool ... you can get them in Halfords ... you may need this to discover what is causing them to stick. Probably a piston.
 

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If you are really lucky and want to risk it you can start the car, put it in first gear, rev the testicals off it and let the clutch go. I cant guarantee that this wont damage something else though.
Not if your 14 though, that's kind of illegal.
 

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Not if he stays on private land. But again not recommended and could be dangerous.

Khes will be much better of discovering why the brakes don't work properly. He also says they are very hard to push so if he did get it going, broke the brakes free, he might not be able to stop anyway!! :eek:
 
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