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!