Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: I would rather not say
Update all, and thanks for the responses.
I've replaced the VNT hose that was split - instantly now the car will rev above 3000rpm and what a difference! I used some fuel line I had around the house but will order some 3mm silicone hose as above from eBay.
I took the car to my local Alfa specialist and they hooked it up to the code reader (£57 charge!) - it appears there is a problem with the EGR valve according to the code. The mechanic said I need to give it a few days to see what the exact problem is and to go back to them.
I'm a novice to be honest, but in order for me to learn more about my car, I had a look at the EGR valve. It is brand new (still gleaming), but it wasn't bolted in properly!! Two of the bolts were completely loose, so I've tightened these up and the engine appears to be running much much better now. I also cleaned up all the glow plug electrics and the flashing glow plug error has disappeared from the dash now - success!
However, now driving beautifully, upon applying revs, there's black soot coming from the EGR area, seems that the upper turbo hose is leaking to me. I'm going to order the silicone ones from Autolusso, as there's a cloud of black smoke coming from the exhaust under acceleration too. This would probably explain the exhaust fumes smell in the cabin as the black smoke is coming out near the pollen filter.
I have a few questions and sorry for asking these but I'm determined to find out more about my car through investigating things myself!
1. How easy are the turbo hoses to fit yourself? or is it more wise to pay somebody to fit them?
2. Is there anywhere else around the EGR valve I should look for leaks?
3. The EGR valve fault still exists (motor control failure on display), any suggestions?
All in all a pretty productive day!