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While I admit slight neglect here I wonder if anyone can help me (And not shout for my own stupid neglect)

I have a X reg 156 with 70,000 on the clock. Had it fully serviced when I bought it, 4000 miles ago.

Been off work through sickness and this is where the neglect began.

I noticed that some times the yellow engine light came on, somethimes it didnt.

I noticed sometime when I put the car into 4th gear, and excuse the explanation as I cannot think of a better way, it was thick to put in gear. IE didnt slip in nor did it have to be ground in. It was like there was a pice of cardboard in 4th gear and I had to press in a little bit more.

NOW, the enigine is tapping like a diesel AND I have no fourth gear. I can drop it into 4th from 5th to aid braking but if I apply any revs, it just pops out.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to if the two could be linked and a likely cost.

Thanks
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The noise could be due to a worn variator, to fix it you need to get the cambelts changed, so its expensive. However, if you can put up with the noise you can get this done when its due for its next service.

The problem with the gear might be due to a worn synchromesh, or possibly a problem with the gear linkages.
 

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A good garage would have replaced it when they cahnged the bealt, or at least checked to see if it needed doing...its and inexpensive part so normally its worth getting it changed when the bealts are done to prevent additional cost in the future.
 

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Hydraulic? I thought only some automatics and semi automatics had hydraulic actuators in the gearbox.

I think you need to find an alfa romeo specialist in your area, I take it your in sheffield by your forum name so someone on here might be bale to help. Wrinx? Anybody near you that's good?
 

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Few questions;
When it was serviced, were the cambelts and tensioners done? If not, male sure they were done within the last 36K miles. If you need to get it done, get the variatur done as well.

The oil change you refer to, is this engine or gearbox? Ig engine, it shouldn't need doing after 4k miles :(

Do you have a manual or a selespeed? I am guessing manual based on your description of gear engagement, but can't see what oil would help a manual, unless gearbox (and I'm surprised if it needs an oil change at 70k unless a) its been thrashed, or b) its got a leak somewhere)

Good luck :)
 
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