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Well, not been on this forum long - bought my 156 2.0 back in August. Since then I've had the aux belt kit done, and new thermostat and been loving the car. Black with black leather, manual gearbox, what's not to like?

Other night, oil light flicked on when I pulled up at home. Put it in the garage today and they've diagnosed big end failure. Car still runs, but rattles a little bit at 2krpm and the oil light flickers if the engine is warm :(

I can't afford to fix it, so it's for sale for £500 if anyone wants it: Thats £800 loss for me since August, and christmas has wiped me out too :rant: MOT til September 2012 as well.

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Genuinely gutted.
 

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Harsh!

Although there may be another option for you....from what I have read the big end shells can be changed on your driveway, remove the sump, change them and the oil + filter, not sure of the cost, but if it is the shells only you maybe lucky.

I could be wrong, but i'm pretty sure that's the case
 

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I'd definitely have another one - love driving the thing. Funds permitting though, and I'm no mechanic so being able to do it on my driveway is impossible.

What do you guys think my best course of action is really? I dont know if anyone will even buy it in this state and its far too good a car to scrap!
 

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Get some quotes for changing the shells :thumbs:
 

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Might be beyond that ... doesn't take long to score the crank ... then new shells are a waste of time.

If you can find a mobile mechanic who is into Fiat's, there's a lot of similarities ... and they might be cheaper than an Alfa specialist. It's sump off, then remove the big end caps one at a time. Remove old shells, fit new, replace caps and torque. Then replace sump (needs sealant, no gaskets).
 

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So if the crank needs regrinding, it becomes unfeasible?
 

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Looks like a lovely car - reminds me of my late 156! It would be criminal to have your car broken up for spares -whilst I'm not an expert, if the repair mentioned above can be carried out and will resolve the problem, do it! And remember, you'll have to spend more than £500 to buy a decent new car! Spend that amount on having your Alfa mended! Keep the faith... :)
 

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depends where you are in lincolnshire (i'm north east lincolnshire) I would recommend Matt at Express Autos, Pywipe Rd, Grimsby. Ex-main dealer mechanic, setup with his friend when the local dealer when under and really knows his stuff. sure he would give you a competative quote if you are close enough.
 

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I'm up near Barton - unfortunately no mechanic mates nearby as I moved down here from Newcastle a while back, I'd be tempted to get the shells done to get rid of the noise then part-ex it ... not exactly ethical but what else can I do.
 

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u can't just put shells on and hope it to be good! the TS and JTS cranks especially are soft non-nitrided cranks meaning once u have knocking, u can bet your dogs ******** or whatever you british are into, that the crank has been damaged...

regrind.

if you have an oil light coming on it may mean you were running low oil or no pressure. I.e. your engine has been starved and that particular big end was the first to go... guess what else? who knows! maybe even reco engine time depending on hwo much TS's go for in the UK...
 

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Yeah i have had this happen to me just before christmas, exactly the same problem. I ended up taking the engine out and doing a complete bottom end rebuild, crank regrind, new big and and main bearing shells. Also had to have the connecting rod resized as it had be warped. All back together now and car is up and running, but its a long job. I think with everything i needed to do the rebuild and the crank regrind etc etc (including cam belt kit seals gaskets etc) it came in at around £350-400, that doesn't include labour as me and my brother did the rebuild. The crank regrind new shells and con rod resize was £180 alone.
 

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u can't just put shells on and hope it to be good! the TS and JTS cranks especially are soft non-nitrided cranks meaning once u have knocking, u can bet your dogs ******** or whatever you british are into, that the crank has been damaged...

regrind.

if you have an oil light coming on it may mean you were running low oil or no pressure. I.e. your engine has been starved and that particular big end was the first to go... guess what else? who knows! maybe even reco engine time depending on hwo much TS's go for in the UK...
At last, someone comes up with the right answer :thumbs:
 

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If anyone wants this car as is (still running, but death impending), put £400 in my hands and you can take it away. Once again, great little car, 64k miles, brand new aux kit fitted, new thermostat, MOT til September, Tax til end of January, good tyres, good alloys, polishes up well in black, black leather, nice clean interior, MANUAL GEARBOX so no selespeed issues, carbon fibre effect centre console. Lovely place to sit and I am going to miss it.

It'll be going on fleabay this weekend if I can't get rid, I can't afford to fix it. If you can, I reckon you could easily sell it for 1400-1600 with another engine in it, and they're what, £300?
 
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