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I am looking for some ideas and advice from all of you experts out there.

My problem is a clicking noise that appears to be coming from the front wheels.

The noise is loudest on the over-run and is vehicle speed dependent - almost a whine above 25 mph, a clicking noise at slow speed and non-existent at stand still. It is not there (or very quiet) as soon as the accelerator is touched and the engine is driving the wheels. It re-appears immediately on the over-run.

The noise is still there when coasting in neutral but is not as loud as when on the over-run and is still vehicle speed dependent but independent of engine speed.

The noise is independent of steering, braking or operating the clutch and/or gearbox.

The local garage have had the car in the ramp and the clicking noise is there when a front wheel is rotated. Both front wheels are affected and hence the local mechanic thinks it is not a driveshaft as this would be one side only and is therefore related to the gearbox or differential His best guess is the differential.

I believe (from the Autolusso website) that these differentials are problematic for Alfa Romeo and the fix is to fit a Q2 differential.

Any comments on what this may be, what I should do next and how much it may cost me will be welcome.

In the short term I have it booked in with the dealer for next Thursday.
 

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check your wheel bolts are tight and check your CV boots, see if any of them are split.
 

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I wish it was that simple. All appears to be OK visually - there is just this clicking noise when a front wheel is turning that I'm worried will develop into something I don't want to think about.
 

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Are you still in the first 3 years of warranty on the car?
 

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Unfortunately not. The car was 4 years old this week and has done 58,000 miles. The water pump and cambelt failed catastrophically in August and Alfa UK paid 75% 0f the cost. I am hoping for similar this time once the fault has been diagnosed. Ned at Autolusso says he could diagnose it in 10 minutes but he is 250 miles away. However, I am tempted.
 

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Just out of interest, who fixed the timing belt failure and what was the overall cost to you?

I work for Autolusso, it is interesting to find out how much main dealers charge for this sort of work.
 

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It was not a main dealer. They could not look at the car for two weeks even though I was broken down 300 miles from home. The excellent AA man took me to an independent - Monza Sport near Horsham - £1,300 for water pump, belts , rockers etc. Monza were also excellent in helping me out and did all the negotiation with Alfa to get the 75% contribution.
 

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@aland

I had this problem with my 147. Nothing with the wheels pointing straight but the harder the right turn the louder the clicking.

Turned out to be a buckled wheel rubbing against the ABS sensor. Worth checking?
 

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Ned at Autolusso says he could diagnose it in 10 minutes but he is 250 miles away. However, I am tempted.
Where exactly are you then? Which dealer are you booked into?
 

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I live in Ulverston, South Cumbria. The dealer is Lloyds Alfa at Carlisle which is still a 90 mile each way journey. The lack of a nearby dealer or independent is almost putting me off having another Alfa.
 

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I live in Ulverston, South Cumbria. The dealer is Lloyds Alfa at Carlisle which is still a 90 mile each way journey. The lack of a nearby dealer or independent is almost putting me off having another Alfa.
The only independent specialist I can think of in that area is Alfatune in St. Helens. It might be worth giving Gus a call to get his opinion.

Alfatune Motorsport
 

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Good advice - thanks. I spoke to Gus and he thinks (although of course he has not actually listened) from my descriptions that I have a driveshaft starting to fail and it will gradually get worse. He recommends changing the spiders/cups on both sides which I hope to incorporate at my 60,000 service.
 

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Before parting with a pint of Peroni we have to step back a little and discuss the noise.

My wife does not agree that there is a clicking noise. She would describe it as something like a "rampant bullfrog" (I've no idea how she knows) or like a woodpecker. I can hear the similarity to a woodpecker and almost agree. I was less convinced by the "loud purring cat" but agreed with the cigarette packet in bicycle spokes.

We finally settled on "ratcheting" as the most accurate description.

You may be wondering about the relevance of these musings but Gus of Alfatune told me that diffs don't click, they knock. It is driveshafts that click. Aargh!

My former confidence has been shattered.
 

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One of my colleagues pointed out that Amazon supply spare parts. I did not believe it but look at these links. Can they be genuine?

Alfa Romeo GT 1.9D Jan/2007>Onwards Left Hand Driveshaft: Amazon.co.uk: Car & Motorbike



Alfa Romeo GT 1.9D Jan/2007>Onwards Right Hand Driveshaft: Amazon.co.uk: Car & Motorbike
Amazon are not selling this part they are advertising someone else's product

I had a good chat with you the other day but in reality we are far too far away from you to come to us, there are loads of Alfa specialists in the North that should be able to diagnose and fix your issue

If you need us to help we will but I don't see the point in a 500 mile round trip

Ned
 

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ticking clicking clutch click tick

Not quite. My noise only occurs when the car is moving and is independent of engine speed/clutch/gears. However, from my research so far I would take a guess that the "ticking clicking clutch click tick
" is related to the DMF.
 
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