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hi all was driving home last night at about 50mph the car slowed even with my foot to the floor did not hear any bangs or noises , i managed to coast to a layby and when i tried to restart the engine it would not turn over felt like the battery was dead so i got a friend up with some jump leads and when i turned the key i heard a grinding noise any ideas would help car has got 88k cambelt and service in the last 3 month have had issues with the battery before its 9 years old but i had it tested and was told it was ok
 

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Grinding noise from the starter motor after running out of steam? Sorry mate but sounds terminal. Sounds like it's seized up and that could be after running out of oil or a slipped timing belt.
 
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oil is fine checked it last night and was changed 3 month ago and timing belt was changed 3 months ago by justin not sure were the noise is from sounds like under the engine ant the back it trys to turn over then fails i,e flat battery but with jump leads on it nearly turned over just heard the noise and stopped in case it was something else
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Did your battery light come on? If it is your alternator, you battery light would have been on, dull and probally not full brightness and as the problem got worse the brighter the light would become.

OTOH maybe it could be the bearings in your alternator? I carnt elaborate much on this unfortunaly, I only suggest this because I recently had mine replaced on my GTA (£400 :lol:) because the bearings had collapsed.
 

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If it was a battery/charging issue you would expect it to turn over with the jump leads.

Its a bit difficult to exactly what the problem is without hearing it. Do you know if the tensioners were changed at the same time as the cambelt?
 
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battery light dident come on it just cut out then when trying to start the light was on it did turn over with jump leads but thats when the grinding noise started behind the engine and i dident want to damage anything further i think its going to be aa to get it back then remove the alternator ive heard this is a nightmare as you have to remove the exhaust and more anyone got any info on it ???
 

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Well I dont know about your 156 but they took my alternator out the wheel arch. The part itself I got for £150 and the rest was all labour.
 
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great, i think i might start looking for new car after x-mas ive had alot of problems and spent alot of money and a new car seems like alot less hassle thanks for the input guys going to try and get it home now
 

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All cars have their problems fella and I hope you get sorted:D

Join the RAC mate, the whole family is in it (4 of us for about £200) and we have the full package. Best investment you can make, if you get a problem just ring up when you get to work and say blah blah blah and they come out fix it or tow it to a garage. Used them about 7 this year, none of which are on my GTA:D
 
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my sister has aa cover but will they tow it to my house i know she is covered in any car but she is not sure on what she is actually covered for
 

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Well its worth ago but I would get your own cover IMO. When me Punto broke down one weekend I rang the RAC they towed it home took me where I wanted to go and then came back on the Monday when the garage was open and took it in:D
 
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just got it back home aa man said its in the engine so thats that had cam belt changed 3 month ago and new plugs , oil etc just paid for 6 month tax and tested yesterday ****
 

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Uh oh!! Sorry about that mate, what you going to do then?
 
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its ok just a shame and i had the belt etc done 3 month ago , i will get my mates uncle (alfa specialist) to have a good look first then if its cam belt snap then its not worth a re buid and i dont know sell it on ebay or something ?
 

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its ok just a shame and i had the belt etc done 3 month ago , i will get my mates uncle (alfa specialist) to have a good look first then if its cam belt snap then its not worth a re buid and i dont know sell it on ebay or something ?
Right well what I would do if it is the cambelt, go back to the garage who did it for you and let rip:rant:
 
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was done by justin from bmc (not in buisness anymore) and cam belt kit was from main alfa dealer
 
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