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Fault Codes P1161 & P0013

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New to the Alfa community and I'm looking for some help and advice if possible. I have the 2.2 Brera 2007 with 58K on the clock and the dreaded EML light came on but has since gone off. I have plugged in and got the fault codes and now I require assistance in decoding them.

P1161- Preheating resistance 2 below catalysator
- Intermittenet

From the research I've done and small amount of knowledge I guess this may be something to do with the heating element on a 02 sensor/lambda probe. Which is so bad. Is it ?

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P0013 - Phase Variator actuator on intake shaft
- Intermittent

Again from a small amount of research this seems to be a camshaft sensor or solenoid that may need replacing, my biggest concern is wether it could relate to timing chain stretch although I'm led to believe that has a specific error code.

The light is now off and was only on for a day, not sure wether I need to dig deeper or wait it out and see if they come back.

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Mine had P1161 code a few years ago, probably still has, but it's never brought on the EML.
It's passed a few MOTs no problem, and drives okay (as far as 2.2s go!).
I do seem to get excess condensation or smoke from the exhaust every now and again, not sure if it's related.
Last time I asked on here little came back.
Obviously with the time that's passed since I was first made aware of it, I'm not too concerned.

P0016 is the definite chain one, so you're okay there.
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I would check the wiring on the lambda sensor as first stop
New ones not cheap, even from these guys: ALFA ROMEO Brera 2.2 Lambda Sensor
I used them for the front ones on my 3.2 - fast delivery and correct parts
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For the P0013 try removing the intake solenoid and clean it with brake cleaner before you replace it this may fix the problem.
Also a oil flush and oil and filter change may also help.
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Cheers for the feedback all, that gives me a few things to try before consulting a garage. Interesting mention of oil and filter change as I had a full service just over a month ago
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I mentioned the oil change because the solenoid uses oil pressure to do its thing and if the oil is dirty it can block the solenoid and stop it working correct. As the oil change has been done in your case just try the clean of the solenoid this may work and is worth a go first before you go for a new solenoid.
Do you know if the timing chain has ever been replaced on your 2.2 JTS.
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I mentioned the oil change because the solenoid uses oil pressure to do its thing and if the oil is dirty it can block the solenoid and stop it working correct. As the oil change has been done in your case just try the clean of the solenoid this may work and is worth a go first before you go for a new solenoid.
Do you know if the timing chain has ever been replaced on your 2.2 JTS.
Thanks for the reply, I've been through the recipts and service books, and it doesn't look as though the chain has been replaced yet.
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Thanks for the reply, I've been through the recipts and service books, and it doesn't look as though the chain has been replaced yet.
OK only asked because when my timing chain was replaced after a few thousand miles that's when my solenoids started to fail, One was replaced and one was cleaned and the problem was sorted.
2 Years plus on and still OK touch wood.

I hope you get yours sorted out and start enjoying your BRERA
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