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    Default MASSIVE bill, but happy :D

    Bought my 56 reg SRi CDTI 150 with 50,500 on the clock from an auction for £3500,... BARGAIN. Until I noticed a funny rattle under the bonnet,...

    Came onto this amazing forum and looked through all the technical discussions to discover it was the flywheel/clucth that was the problem. This was my first relief as my initial panick was engine rebuild/change.

    Decided to service the car myself before I got the rest sorted. Bought all the bits from autopart for £45 (oil filter, 5ltrs of oil, air filter, pollon filter) and also got a redex oil system flush and diesel fuel system cleaner for £5 from asda.

    Came to do the oil, put in the flush ran for 10 mins. Came to undo the oil sump plug, looked a little worn, got the 13mm socket and would you believe it was in so tight had there was no chance of it coming off. Had to take that to the local garage up on the ramp for mole grips to get it out. £40 for the manhours, new sump plug and oil change.
    Got 2 new front tires for £220 also. They quoted me £850 for the clutch and flywheel but I rang around and found someone to do it for £600

    Driving to the garage the clutch pedal sunk into the carpet, meaning a new slave cylinder was also needed,... urgh. Car was in about 5-6 hours so I rang to see what was happening. He said it looked like the whole of the subframe and surrounding area had been taken apart recently,.. and the reason being the DMF (flywheel) was seized together and had twisted on it's bearing and had already been attacked by a chisel and hammer by the looks of it! After many hours of persuading it finally came off and the repair was carried out succesfully. £650 for clucth, DMF and slave cylinder £300 labour.

    So after £1260 of repairs got a lovely running car that will hopefully need no major work for a good few years. Gave it a massive clean out, wash, T-cut and polish today. Absolutely exhausted but thoroughly pleased here it is!


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    And what does this funny rattle sound like lol? Just so I can look out for it...!

    Lovely car by the way

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    Thats good mate, you will be happy with it now. Hopefully good for another 50k miles with its new clutch and DMF

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    Quote Originally Posted by luke4487 View Post
    And what does this funny rattle sound like lol? Just so I can look out for it...!

    Lovely car by the way
    Cheers, it sounds like a bad cylinder slap or clatter in neutral and idling which is why I panicked. But when the clutch was pressed in or the gearstick pushed forward it stopped. The car also shook quite violently when setting off up to about 3rd gear

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    Glad to hear your happy ! It is a great car and in my opinion a great engine. Looks lovely in that grey colour too!!!

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    Glad to hear you are sorted, let's hope thats it for a while.
    Now go & enjoy driving it .................................................. ......

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark_647 View Post
    Glad to hear your happy ! It is a great car and in my opinion a great engine. Looks lovely in that grey colour too!!!
    Yeh it pulls brilliantly in 3rd and 6-700 miles on a tank, very different to my hyundai coupe I sold to get this lol. It's more of a blue, or bluey-grey I was finding it hard to describe aswell! Thanks

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    Uhoh... mines a nightmare to pull away in 1st without a little bounce... almost an art! and theres a tut tut tut tut sound (like tappets) when the engine warms up too... was worried it was the turbo... now im even more worried lol. Will try depressing the clutch tomorrow after its been run up.... eeek!

    But it can only be heard with the bonnet open not from in the car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by luke4487 View Post
    Uhoh... mines a nightmare to pull away in 1st without a little bounce... almost an art! and theres a tut tut tut tut sound (like tappets) when the engine warms up too... was worried it was the turbo... now im even more worried lol. Will try depressing the clutch tomorrow after its been run up.... eeek!

    But it can only be heard with the bonnet open not from in the car?
    I couldn't hear it when cold when I bought it, after a run it was very loud and was hearable from inside the car comparing the clutch in and out. The vibration was also very obvious, unaturally juddery lol. The problem being the DMF is supposed to dampen out the vibrations from the engine but when it fails it's transferrred though the gearbox into the car I think. I'm a chinook technician, but I deal with electronics mostly so still learning how to fix cars

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    mine is in the garage at the minute wanting a clutch and g/box and possibly flywheel

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