Tin worm attack ...
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Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: United Kingdom
Pretty much. You will need a few "special" tools depending on what you already have, and what you are undertaking.
A large hammer is the first on the list ... only joking!
TORX bits are definites ... just to get the engine cover off and to replace that undertray! Halfords have a good set of 7 or 8 for 3/8" sockets.
The sump plugs is probably a TORX but can be a HEX so you'll have to check yours. Just don't over tighten it. You may need a oil filter strap or removal tool ... I've now got the one with three legs that fits on a socket as I need this for the other cars in the family paddock.
If you want to change the brake pads you'll need a 7mm HEX socket for the fronts and a caliper piston wind-in tool for the rear (the Laser one is the forum favourite)
As for the undertray it's held in with a number of torx bolts. How many you have is dependent on two things: how many have been put back by the last mechanics and how many aren't rusted in and snapped off. In a 156, and the GT is probably the same, there are three at the front, two at the rear and two that screw into the inner wing supports at the side. In a lot of cases, several of these are often replaced with tie-wraps!
If you need to check the ECU for faults, etc, then I'd recommend looking at getting AlfaDiag or FiatECUScan. You'll need a laptop and a KKL VAGCOM USB interface cable.
You've only got one set of lugs if its a JTS, so you'll just need a long socket extension bar and a suitable plug socket.
If you are interested, have a browse on the forum using the search option and you are more than welcome to have a look at my website where there are some how-tos. Click on the link below in my signature area ... they are written for a 156 TS but will cover most 147 and GTs as well.
THere are plenty more, but you'll discover these as you go along.
HIS: 1998 156 2.0 TSpark with Sport Pack 2, sunroof and hi-level spoiler in Alfa Rosso. V6 intake mod, clear side repeaters and Zeatek undertray.
HERS: 2009 MiTo 1.4 95bhp Turismo arrived 21st November in Techno Grey with colour-coded headlight surrounds.
"If you're driving on the edge ... you're leaving too much room!"
My Alfa156 Web Site - how-to's, piccies, links, useful stuff, etc.