TonySmallcar wrote:Thanks all. Thew alternator is definitely noisey and due for replacement this week, I will check the rest whilst there.
It would be great news to hear that i don't need £150 quids worth of alloy gear!
While it's always a bit tricky to diagnose other people's noises, from a description, I tend to agree with the others, that your symptoms don't really sound like a timing gear problem.
To say that means you don't need to replace your timing gear, would be going a bit too far. That would only be true if you've already got a steel or alloy replacement. If you've got the original fibre or nylon types, then you really should be budgeting for a steel/alloy replacement in the not too distant future. Think of it as being like a timing belt, which you would have to replace, except with our cars there is no need to keep doing the job - the metal gears are an everlasting replacement
[ps. You can check which type you have by removing the petrol pump and looking in through the hole.]