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I posted a few days back about gearbox trouble on the 156 selespeed:

http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-147-156-and-gt/136754-selespeed-only-got-reverse.html

The dealer got back to me with their diagnosis - actuator

They said is about £1200 for the part only but will call me again tomorrow when they are 100% sure their diagnosis is correct.

If they are right can anyone PLEASE tell me where I can get this fixed for as few pennies as possible?

I'm brickin it at the thought of having to pay this plus labour!
 

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£1200 is about right for a new actuator, although some 156/147/GT use a lower cost actuator, but it needs to match your gearbox.
If you go to a main dealer, 99.9% of the time that will say "actuator"...
In your case it may be the only solution and I don't know if there are any good indy Alfa specialists in your area, but if there are, get the car to them.
 

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Fair enough!

I'll need to make a few calls round local garages at the weekend.

Do you think theres any chance of sourcing a 2nd hand actuator?
 

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Do you think theres any chance of sourcing a 2nd hand actuator?
It is possible, but you need to make sure it is the right one for your gearbox.
 

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Do you think theres any chance of sourcing a 2nd hand actuator?
Yes, contact Geordie Cabbie, he's in Aberdeen and may have one in stock, but we'll need your chassis number to confirm it's suitable, then if you like you could make a day of it and come all the way up here and I'll fit it for pennies (pints).

I doubt it's the actuator itself though, more often it's just the bellow in the accumulator and this cause poor pressure storage (for want of a better simple term), which in turn means the actuator works outside timing limits and dumps back to neutral.
 

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I see you are in Dundee. Try Euan Colbron at CP Garage Services, Baluniefield Industrial Estate. 01382 731479. He came up trumps for me with bits for my SPrint.

ALso - I am sure I read somewhere on here that someone managed to fix an actuator using replacement brushes from a VW/Audi alternator. Can anyone confirm this??
 

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ALso - I am sure I read somewhere on here that someone managed to fix an actuator using replacement brushes from a VW/Audi alternator. Can anyone confirm this??
You are thinking about the Selespeed Pump, not the Actuator.
 

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You are thinking about the Selespeed Pump, not the Actuator.
Ah. Cheers. not having a sillyspeed it's not something I took great notice of, however remeber something being mentioned.:thumbs:
 

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Thanks Smaky. I've PM'd Geordie Cabbie.

You could just save my bacon :thumbs: ! I'll let you know what he says
 

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u mention in 1st post that u got flashing numbers on display, that means u got low pressure, prolly due to leak or faulty sele pump.
find a indy to get a check on whole system, all hoses, pump, oil reservoir. it is unlikely that actuator itself leaks (but happens :(),

"You need new actuator sir" is a standard dealer answer, if u can afford it - take time and do proper diagnosis, or ask dealer mechanics to pin point the failure to u.


findagearbox.co.uk - i have ordered gearbox for my selespeed from here and it came with actuator attached ! 300 for a "set". maybe give them a call :)
 

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Thanks Zorrn. You guys on here have an unbelievable amount of knowledge on these cars! I'll be getting the car back on Saturday and I'll be asking them to pinpoint the fault. I expect them to be able to tell me something for their money! I'll get it checked over by someone else and see what happens
 

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I agree with all these guys, its very, very rarely that its your actuator thats at fault, its usualy something else that means the actuator is getting the wrong infornmation. The other thing to check is the clutch rod is the exact right length, although 99% its the either the selespeed pump, low pressure, or a leak caused by a damaged oil sump which sits very, very low, almost speedbump low. Alfa will usually say it's the actuator- get a new one, and then the new one will go wrong again, and guess what they'll say it's the actuator again...and again. check clutch and pump first then gearbox!:)
 

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Cheers guys. I'm getting the car back tomorrow. The dealer wants £220 for investigating the fault. Do you know if theres anything I can do about this??
 

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OK, got it back now. It has now got 1st and 2nd gears?? when trying to select 3rd it goes back to neutral. Garage still say actuator and say they ruled out hydraulic and electrical system...
 
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