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After a costly december with service/repairs/four new tyres totalling £700 i thought i may have trouble free motoring for a few months. It appears that this was optimistic :rolleyes:

Since yesterday I have developed a screeching/grinding/rattle noise from the engine bay when sat in neutral. Increasing the revs appears to increase the noise. *** When i depress the clutch pedal the noise disappears, when i realease the noise is back *** Have spoken to a clutch specialist over the phone and he is advising me the the gearbox is knackered :wow:

I have no problems with driving, selecting all gears is fine and apart from the noise at neutral everything appears OK. He has quoted me in the region of £700 to get the gearbox reconditioned , although Im taking it to him later today so he can have a listen for himself.

Any ideas as I simply cannot live with this kind of monthly expenditure :mad:

The car is 99 3.0 V6 [6 speed] with 41k on clock

Apologies if you have read this thread, also posted elsewhere
 

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Just the thrust bearing possibly ??
 

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I agree with nomad, sounds like the thrust bearing. noise is annoying but normally dosent need imediate attention as these can rattle on for thousands of miles. Bit alarmed that you have been quoted £700 for a re-con gearbox if the bloke hasent even seen the car,maby get second opinion if he still wants to re-build it once he has seen it.
 

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Personally, I would avoid any "specialist" who tells you your gearbox is knackered without even looking at it! Just a long shot but it might be worth checking the tension on your alternator belt.
 

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Thanks for your help guys. Armed with your suggestions of thrust bearing I paid him a visit. He heard the sound it makes when the clutch pedal is up and in neutral, and the sound disappears when i push the clutch pedal down.

Now as you guys are my only hope as I dont know one end of a spanner from another, I am seriously confused as he is sticking by his theories being 'as the noise only happens when the clutch is disengaged, it cannot be the thrust bearing' and 'your gearbox bearings are shot' :rant:

Im thinking this guy is trying to rip me off? 2nd opinions on the way...:tut:
 

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Get a second opinion dude !! ;)
 

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Thanks for your help guys. Armed with your suggestions of thrust bearing I paid him a visit. He heard the sound it makes when the clutch pedal is up and in neutral, and the sound disappears when i push the clutch pedal down.

Now as you guys are my only hope as I dont know one end of a spanner from another, I am seriously confused as he is sticking by his theories being 'as the noise only happens when the clutch is disengaged, it cannot be the thrust bearing' and 'your gearbox bearings are shot' :rant:

Im thinking this guy is trying to rip me off? 2nd opinions on the way...:tut:
Erm those noises that cant be the thrust bearing are exactly the noise's you get when the trust bearing goes, as when you disengage the clutch it is free to rattle about :rolleyes:. I killed enough in my boy racer days, depending on the state of the rest of your clutch though you could still do another 15'000 miles just putting up with the noise I have before
 

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Give Jamie a ring or send him an email at http://www.alfaworkshop.co.uk/contact_us.shtml

He has helped me with a couple of 'remote' diagnostics and has proven to be correct on both accounts.

He has a pretty good reputation on this site and from my own experience is not a rip off merchant (I'd asked for a quote on a heater blower fan as mine was making a horrendous noise and I'd assumed the bearings had gone. He suggested I check it for foreign bodies first - one sweet wrapper removal later and it was sorted when he could have kept quite and just sold me a new fan).

I'd obviously encourage you to consider him when sourcing parts in return for his help as he does have a business to run :)
 
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A noise in neutral that disappears when the clutch is pressed is usually caused by noisy bearings on the input or main shaft of the transmission(they stop rotating when the the clutch is dis-engaged) But this would be a whirring type noise rather than that you describe.As said, I would get a second and third opinion from someone looking at the car. Don't get panicked into spending your cash.
 
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