Firstly, hello and welcome to you
. I have recently become an owner of an 2003 Alfa 147 JTD 8V. Despite the lack of valves it does come with leather seats, 16" wheels and 73,000 miles. It is certainly a little different to the Focus and 306s I have owned of the past.
I did not buy it without issues I admit, some which were more obvious at the time than others, but for now they are only a few.
I initially had a creak coming from the front of the car behind the bulkhead. A new top arm cured this, whilst I still have a knock. At the time that I changed the arm I noticed that the ARB assembly had play present (albeit a slight amount).
The play does not seem to be present in the drop links, so I guess that leaves the ARB bushes. Are they simple to change (the access did not look great!) and are poly derivatives from the likes of Superflex considered to be a viable alternative or am I best off going for a half decent item (i.e Genuine or Lemforder et. al. branded)?
Finally the car has a slight smoking issue of the black variety. If pulling away from a junction a slightly bit of smoke can be seen. However when putting my foot hard down to the floor it is enough to smoke out people behind me (I have once or twice been flashed with main beams due to this). No error codes are present at the moment. Inside the car all sounds find and the car starts without fault. Outside however a slight whisle/whine can be heard from the front when others have driven the car away. Oil levels are still fine and I have no warning lights present. Is is a simple issue to fix or a sign of trouble ahead?
I have an OBDII scanner which I have used on other cars (Fords mainly I admit!), but would this be of any use on a JTD?
Final questions are to do with the fuel and air filter. At the last service I noticed that the fuel filter was not change and that the air filter was but after seeing the location of it, I am not so sure! I have since acquired an air and fuel filter of the UTI brand. Is it worth me filling the fuel filter up with diesel additive or diesel so as to bleed the system or do they self bleed?
The air filter seems to be very inaccessible on a JTD (surprising when it has a 10,000 mile service interval). The guides I have seen show the necessity of having to remove the fuse box, battery terminal and undertray in order to just about remove the air filter. Is there a simpler method or is that tricky a job on a JTD?
Sorry for all the questions, but here is a picture of my latest acquisition