Help - 1.6 or 1.8 undertray (2002 or later)
Help please - If you have a 2002 or later 156 1.6TS, 1.8TS or 2.0JTS, please could you go out and have a look at your engine undertray for me?
I need to know whether it has a cutout in the middle, around the exhaust pipe, with a metal heat shield on the top side around the hole (you can see this looking down the front of the engine between the radiator and engine...) or whether the undertray is a solid sheet of plastic all the way to the back edge.
I have a 2002 JTS. My old undertray did have a cutout around the exhaust downpipe and a metal heat shield, but I ripped it off in an accident and the repair shop have fitted a replacement that doesn't have the exhaust cutout.
Needless to say, the exhaust pipe is melting the undertray nicely and causing a horrid burning plastic smell.
Problem is that Alfa Romeo are adamant that there's only one model of undertray for all four-cylinder petrol engines and they have sent the right one to the repair shop!
I think they've sent an undertray for an older 156 TS model. It looks exactly like the one from my old 1999 1.8TS, which is a different part number.
Alfa quote the same part number for all 2002 and later TS & JTS undertrays, so as long as all of you with such cars have a hole for the extra exhaust cat on later cars in your tray, then I know where the problem lyes, but if anyone with a later car also has a "solid" undertray, then I'm totally confused.....
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