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Fitted a rear parcel shelf strap which was missing when I bought her a couple of months ago. A main dealer quoted 300 for a new shelf but I did it for 6 even though I couldn't find one.

I noticed in my parents garage that my little brother's '54 plate Fiat Punto's shelf had identical straps, but a little longer. I bought one from ebay, cut the end off which fits onto the parcel shelf, drilled out the cable which was glued in, passed the cable back through and put a knot in the end and fitted it.
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Gearbox oil change, hopefully improved 1st to 2nd gearchange, will comment again when I have driven her tomorrow!
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Well, I have bought a pair of Bosch Aerotwin wipers, some Alfa tyre valve caps and a Richbrook tax disc holder. Can't put them on the car yet though...
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Drilled a massive hole into my clogged DPF (and stopped short of the CAT in front of the DPF core)

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Finally the car drives like I thought it always should do
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Done most of this: http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-...-tutorial.html
And then attacked potential corrson parts around engine bay, radiators etc with ACF50 ( http://www.acf-50.co.uk/ )
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Home to York & back for an AROC meeting. Gave it some serious welly over 280 miles

Downside was 19.8mpg

Will be getting a bloody good clean tomorrow, along with the 500
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Not just today, but over a few days. On the 159, new wiper blades and new 18" Horseshoes wheels sealed with Auto Glym ally wheel sealer.

This weekend, the wheels on the Spider have been removed, thoroughly cleaned and sealed with Auto Glym Ally wheel sealer. Then both cars polished with Presta Fast Wax.

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good colour, oh and I like the wheels!
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I take it the shaguar is next doors?
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I take it the shaguar is next doors?
Their in laws I think
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Took apart my throttle valve, to find a burned pcb in an oil filled cavity....errr...thats not right !

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Thats crazy! I take it you had been having some acceleration issues to lead you to the throttle valve?
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No. I had some juddering at very low revs in 5th and 6th (not stalling, but similar). I read on one of the Vectra forums about problems with dry joints on that pcb causing juddering so stripped it to check. I got nearly half a cupful of black oil all over the kitchen worktop when I flipped the plastic clips off which hold the cover in place. 134k miles of oil fumes slowly dribbling down the butterfly valve shaft.

I wasn't getting error codes at first, until I put it back together, so now it doesn't work and I have error codes, but, the car still drives great. I'll either get another driver chip or a pcb to repair it with.
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I have the same low rev judder. Will PM you for some details if you don't mind.
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I have the same low rev judder. Will PM you for some details if you don't mind.
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For anyone else's info , it is easy to get to the PCB to check for dry joints (around the 8 connecting pins which feed out to the multiplug)

two 5mm hex bolts holding the throttle body air supply pipe (nr EGR valve) - remove
three 5mm hex head bolts holding throttle body to inlet manifold - remove
multiplug to throttle body - remove
5 or 6 metal clips holding throttle body pcb cover to throttle body - remove

The fix is to run a soldering iron over the suspect joints with a bit of fresh solder.

10 minutes on and 10 minutes off. There is a gasket between throttle body and inlet manifold, it may need replacing, might be worth getting a new one first or at least have some gasket paper to hand
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Fitted my AEM Water / methonal injection over the weekend, cheers to Clogz and JBSmith1 for the giude. Well worth the effort as the extra power is really noticable and it will clean all the gunk out off the intake from the ex-EGR valve. Made and fitted some front mud flaps too. Then washed, clayed, waxed and hoovered her out.
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Fitted my AEM Water / methonal injection over the weekend, cheers to Clogz and JBSmith1 for the giude. Well worth the effort as the extra power is really noticable and it will clean all the gunk out off the intake from the ex-EGR valve. Made and fitted some front mud flaps too. Then washed, clayed, waxed and hoovered her out.
Keep us posted about how you get on. V interested in this.
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Keep us posted about how you get on. V interested in this.
I've looked into these kits but most of them seem to be boost referenced....so they suffer the same lag as the turbo. Then when you go onto overun and the fuel is cut but the boost is high water/meth is still delivered.

I'm looking for a reliable fuel injection quantity referenced system...if anybody knows of one ?
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My Spider is poorly at the moment, got the emissions light on. Not sure what it is, sounds and feels fine. Got it booked in on saturday for a check up
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My Spider is poorly at the moment, got the emissions light on. Not sure what it is, sounds and feels fine. Got it booked in on saturday for a check up
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I patted my 159 ti on the roof and said thanks for covering 900 miles in last3 and a half days, in occasionally appalling weather, with over 40mpg average, doing 80-90 on the motorways/autoroutes and getting me and passengers and our wine purchases back home safe. Put new Bosch wipers on before i went. Appears also to have cleaned all the commuting sh*te out of it - sounds quite quiet. Only downsides - I think the turbo is whistling abit louder ( tho still supplying steady and full range of boost) . Feel tired !

Got a lot of approving looks from les francais.
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Keep us posted about how you get on. V interested in this.
As stated this kit has been used by both Clogz and JBSmith1 with great effect. The added power is good but the cleaning effect is fantasic.

Yes they are boost related but as we use a VTN turbos the boost over lap is sod all if nothing, which is why we dont need a dump valve. The only draw back if anything is the tank size, as you allways want more of a good thing. Check out both of thier threads in the tuning section and dont belive the un educated home trianed mechanic who is sare mungering. In short its fantasic and the cleaning effects on the intake are stunning.

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As stated this kit has been used by both Clogz and JBSmith1 with great effect. The added power is good but the cleaning effect is fantasic.

Yes they are boost related but as we use a VTN turbos the boost over lap is sod all if nothing, which is why we dont need a dump valve. The only draw back if anything is the tank size, as you allways want more of a good thing. Check out both of thier threads in the tuning section and dont belive the un educated home trianed mechanic who is sare mungering. In sort its fantasic and the cleaning effects on the intake are stunning.

Good points. I was being a bit biased, I think because I wanted to make my own controller, metering a fixed percentage of W/M relative to fuel flow (with a low fuel cutoff).

but I don't know if you saw my post regarding oil in the pcb cavity underneath the throttle valve. It must have come from breather fumes and also from the intake cleaning I did when I sprayed carb cleaner into the intake. The liquid/cleaner/oil has obviously dribbled down the vertical butterfly valve shaft (and via the motor) into the cavity below.

You can see from the pcb, which was completely submerged in oil throttle valve _labelled | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (oil residue still on the white coating) that if water and meth had gone down there instead then the exposed soldered joints might become corroded.

The fix for a dodgy throttle valve which suits a lot of people is to simply unplug it, and accept that you'll probably get throttle valve errors logged, but not an EML warning. one of the Vectra guys reckons his throttle valve went into spasm *as a result of dry joints) and closed completely while he was doing 80mph in lane 3 of the motorway. That would cause serious engine braking !

I suppose you could also put some conformal coating, or even silicon sealant on the exposed joints if you didn't unplug the unit.
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