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Hello,

This is my first post on the forum apart from introducing myself, I've just purchased a 1997 Alfa romeo spider from a trader in Essex.

I've got a couple of questions which I was hoping you helpful people may be able to answer.

Has anyone ever owned this vehicle P977MWE as I have been stuffed by the trader with some dodgy service history relating to another car It would be great to find it or just find out who worked on it. There is some reference to a company called ALFATEC in there.

There are some oil leaks that seem to be coming from the top of the engine above the exhaust manifolds is this a common fault?

The fan belt sounds like its squealing this may be all connected.

Hope that you don't mind me asking your advice and look forward to hearing from you.

Jamie
 

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welcome to the forum jamie, what engine do you have?

maybe your oil leak is just coming from the cam cover gasket?
i'm not saying that it's a common fault on gtv/spider but many cars seem to leak slightly from there. try cleaning up the whole area first so you can easily see where it's coming from. in the mean time keep an eye on your oil level, these engines really need to be looked after in the oil department.

when you say fan belt do you mean the fan on the rad at the front of the car (i don't think it is belt driven) or do you mean the auxillary belt that drives the air con,power steering etc?
 

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Hi Earthman,

I have the 2.0 Twinspark engine, I think I meant the Auxillary belt too (My Bad). I drove 200 miles from Essex in it and it didn't blow up so I'm assuming it can't be too bad but we'll have to wait and see.
 

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auxillary belts can squeal especially from cold but it's best to look into that. maybe a faulty tensioner, the 2L has an automatic one or the idle pully bearing could be on it's way out.
best thing to do is to remove that belt, start the engine & see if the squealing goes, if it's still there then it could be coming from the cambelt or balance shaft belt which is behind the cover. don't suppose you know for sure when/if the cambelt & all related parts have been done on this car? if not it's best to have it done asap otherwise it will be very expensive if the cambelt fails.
 

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The squeeling on mine was the result of the power steering fluid leaking - might be worth a look (left hand side by light cluster cover).
 

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The cambelt was supposedly done at 65000 miles in 2005 but as I said the service history is a bit hit and miss. Although I can ring the specialist and find out if it was really done and get a receipt.

I can see this machine costing me some money :)

I always fall for itallian cars even though I know they'll break down I've had three fiat stilo's previously and they all had loads of probs having said that they drive great.

the selespeed on my stilo cost me over £1500 to sort and then I sold it because I lost confidence in it.
 
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