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I had a call from the garage. They told me that they saw a leak on the steering fluid!!! They told me that I was in danger of losing all steering and that it is a quite common thing on 147!!! is that for real?

Are they trying to rip me off? I have timing belt, water pump plus this done for 522 pounds.

I never noticed a leak from the car!!!
 

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Dont know about the 147 but on the 156 its quite commom for the pipes to rust through, especially the ones that run under the radiator.
 

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It's quite possible you have a leak. Cars often do. Doesn't necessarily mean its going to be expensive though as it depends where it is.

Ask them for details. If they quote a lot of money then you can always go somewhere else for a second opinion. Just make sure you check the steering fluid level before you drive around.
 

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theoa said:
I had a call from the garage. They told me that they saw a leak on the steering fluid!!! They told me that I was in danger of losing all steering and that it is a quite common thing on 147!!! is that for real?

Are they trying to rip me off? I have timing belt, water pump plus this done for 522 pounds.

I never noticed a leak from the car!!!
I understand this can be common.

Reading around here suggests that the problem is often a pipe that has corroded - however, an Alfa dealer may not advise that this can be repaired as they are likely to replace whole parts, not repair anything.

Do yourself a favour and find a decent specialist you can trust - where abouts are you? Maybe someone here can suggest somewhere.

In the meanwhile, keep an eye on the level. I had a Golf I topped up once every 3 months and was fine - if minor and slow, no need for any action other than a weekly check.
 

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thanks for the replies guys. I live in North london. I will be asking them for details. Anyone know any decent specialist in North London?
 

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Wilmslow said:
I understand this can be common.

Reading around here suggests that the problem is often a pipe that has corroded - however, an Alfa dealer may not advise that this can be repaired as they are likely to replace whole parts, not repair anything.

Do yourself a favour and find a decent specialist you can trust - where abouts are you? Maybe someone here can suggest somewhere.

In the meanwhile, keep an eye on the level. I had a Golf I topped up once every 3 months and was fine - if minor and slow, no need for any action other than a weekly check.
I agree with this, what happens is that the power steering hoses corrode around the back of the engine, this is essentially between the engine and the bulkhead. Mine were leaking for a while and I hadn't noticed any oil on the driveway. It is a pig of a job, you have to do it from both underneath and above the car and even with the car on a ramp, I couldn't see how my mechanic was working in the small space. He charged me around £80 for parts (ie the hoses) plus it took him a meticulous three hours (he charged me for two as he was frustrated that it took him so long) , and he is a skilled and trusted motorsport mechanic. I guess an Alfa specialist could do it in 2 hours.

Is the 522 for the timing belt, steering hoses and water pump from a main dealer? It sounds about right if it is.
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Thats right. 522 for timing belt, tensioners, water pump and steering hoses. The guy told me that they were going to charge me 3 hours work for replacing the hoses but since they already had the engine covers out for the timing belt they would only charge me for 1 hour.
 

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Well if that's the case, that they only want to charge you one hours work, then go for it and get it fixed. I thought you were complaining about a large amount of work but it sounds like they are doing you a good deal.
 

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Well if that's the case, that they only want to charge you one hours work, then go for it and get it fixed. I thought you were complaining about a large amount of work but it sounds like they are doing you a good deal.
I agree, sounds an OK price for all that work. How's your Variator? May be worth doing while they're at it?
 

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My 147 had to have it's power steering hoses replaced recently. It was definitely using steering fluid, but there were no drips under the car.

You don't say what version you have, but it's a big job on the Mjet requiring removal of the engine mountings.

So no, it would seem a fair price to me.
 
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On the steering pipe leak, you can cut out the duff parts and use brake fluid flexible pipes, to patch a repair. The flexi-pipes are well up to the pressure, and after opening the system, it will self bleed. If the leak is visible, it saves monet.

PS in an ideal world, use a brake pipe flaring tool to get a flange to help hold a rubber flexi-pipe on the existing good metal steering pipes.

Andy
 
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