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Cured the mysterious intermittent knock from the passenger side. Turned out to be the upper nearside wishbone. Had a bit of fun identifying the right one but fitting was an absolute doddle.
Three flat ratchet spanners 17mm for the ball joint,15mm for the two main mount bolts and 13 mm for the headlight ride height sensor for my HID's. Oh, a hammer to split the ball joint and a big socket to hold the coil spring open to give you enough space to slide the rear bolt out. took about an hour and a half. Shame all jobs on the Alfa aren't this easy!
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There has been a rumbling noise when I depress the clutch for a while. It sounds a bit like tombola drum. This is not an original feature and not welcome either. Car dropped off with Firela Motors this morning. We'll see what they diagnose. Fingers crossed.
The diagnosis for my rumbling noise with the clutch down was excessive play and movement in the dual mass flywheel (DMF). Checking this out means splitting the gearbox from the crank case so when replacing the DMF the clutch and bearing gets done as well. Not cheap. A bit of checking, ringing round and haggling got Firela to a competitive price. About the best I could hope for seeing as it had to be done and I'm happy with the service from them.

The workshop horror story for wear in this assembly is that you can leave this problem so long that the 2 halves of the DMF move enough to foul the gearbox housing. If it does the repair gets a whole lot more expensive and the problem goes from noise to potential danger.

Picked it up this morning. The noise is gone. The clutch action is much better. I think the gear change is smoother now, even the notchy shift from 2nd to 3rd seems better. Or maybe I'm wishing for a higher return on the money.

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Led's everywhere in my 159 SW today side lights all interior number plate and puddle lights, might get some pics when it gets a bit darker

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Super Car Sunday at Mitton Hall this morning and spotted this, overheard the owner saying the engine cost 30K alone !!!
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Replaced the non canbus led sidelights (dropped one of the old ones inside).
Then tried fitted my rear view camera (number plate job). Two hours and managed to just fit the camera and get the cables into the boot, thought it would be a simple job, now need a feed for the power etc.


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Super Car Sunday at Mitton Hall this morning and spotted this, overheard the owner saying the engine cost 30K alone !!!

70k on eBay at the moment

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LANCIA-037...item35ed08ded4

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Just booked it in for remap and egr delete
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Got home tonight and some kind tw*t had parked their '14 plate Vauxhall Mokka across the driveway. Three hours later and it's still there.

Not any more. Tow rope and the Q4 moved it very easily. I wonder if he/she will notice the flat spots on the rear tyres???

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Got home tonight and some kind tw*t had parked their '14 plate Vauxhall Mokka across the driveway. Three hours later and it's still there.

Not any more. Tow rope and the Q4 moved it very easily. I wonder if he/she will notice the flat spots on the rear tyres???



Did you not bother blazing the horn or anything first?
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And away it goes... 10k euros on ma'pockets. Lets see in what sort of rust bucket i'm getting my hands next, will have to be a pre 2007 petrol burning, above 150 horses small thing. Farewell Alfa Dumbeo 159, i hope you spontaneously burn completely to the frame. What a f***ing mistake this car was for me. Ill stick around if you guys dont mind, i got fond of you.
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Got home tonight and some kind tw*t had parked their '14 plate Vauxhall Mokka across the driveway. Three hours later and it's still there.

Not any more. Tow rope and the Q4 moved it very easily. I wonder if he/she will notice the flat spots on the rear tyres???

If the dosey sods didn't realise they were obstructing your driveway I doubt they will have even noticed their car has moved. I hate inconsiderateness like this.....you should have carried on towing it to the local tip
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Did you not bother blazing the horn or anything first?
Nope. I like my neighbours and know all their cars! Definite intruder. I could have dragged it further, onto some yellow lines but they're only punishable during daylight hours so pointless!

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Nope. I like my neighbours and know all their cars! Definite intruder. I could have dragged it further, onto some yellow lines but they're only punishable during daylight hours so pointless!

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You should have towed it onto one of those massive speed bumps round the corner from yours,
The wheels wouldn't have touched the floor then.

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4 weeks of ownership and my 159 is in the garage for new springs :-(

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Got home tonight and some kind tw*t had parked their '14 plate Vauxhall Mokka across the driveway. Three hours later and it's still there.

Not any more. Tow rope and the Q4 moved it very easily. I wonder if he/she will notice the flat spots on the rear tyres???

What a selfish moron.
I see you're in Lancs.
Anywhere near Preston Hospital in Fulwood? I hear this sort of thing happens all the time there.
Thankfully I'm just over the 10 minute maximum walk away that most people can be bothered with.
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Swapped my MAP sensor and VNT solenoid back to the original units having swapped them for new ones (aftermarket) and the fluctuating boost on WOT has gone. I changed them a year ago trying to get rid of another issue.

Wish I thought of doing this ages ago.... The parts were pierburg and bosch so didn't suspect any issues with them and the MAP looked clean...go figure?!?
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What a selfish moron.
I see you're in Lancs.
Anywhere near Preston Hospital in Fulwood? I hear this sort of thing happens all the time there.
Thankfully I'm just over the 10 minute maximum walk away that most people can be bothered with.
Nope - I'm just North of Liverpool, work in Ormskirk most days.

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Swirl flaps and egr blanked with Ecu re-mapped.
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Developed a flat spot/hesitation on light acceleration... MAP and EGR clean now planned for next weekend (low priority for the moment). But more pressing... front nearside 'hollow' knocking sound!! Getting louder and MOT due in a few weeks.. So yesterday in between showers (and replacing front discs and pads on an Espace Hateful thing).. yanking front wheel around seems like upper wishbone.. new 159 upper wishbones and drop links ordered (old ones looking very tired).
Considering the age and mileage of my car, think I'm going to have to have a close look at the top mounts too... any ideas on the life expectancy of these?
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ordered new air vent for the dash, and leather door handle covers from topgaitors.

had it washed, then got rid of two bird dropping etchings that have been there for weeks and wouldnt budge with either cleaning or hand polishing. ended up using a cordless drill with a foam pad attachment and it got rid in no time
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Replaced the horrible yellowish sidelights with xenon white bulbs.
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Put it through the MOT and it sailed through again with no advisories
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Tarted up my tired gear knob (changed the wee centre bit and dyed the black leather surround). Here's the before and after. Sorry the before image is needed rotated... It won't let me change it. Quite a dramatic change for the grand total of 12!
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