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How did you fix it? I have a single jet not working


Firstly, is water actually reaching the nozzle/jet. If it is then that is where the fault lies and you need to remove it from the car.

On the inside of the bonnet, under the jet, there is a black plastic access cover. If you lever this off you will be able to remove the jet assembly, it just clips in.

On mine a small plastic plug on the underside of the unit had fallen out (with age I guess) and water would come out of that hole instead of through the jet nozzle. Guess this is some sort of protective feature. I carefully plugged this hole with a small piece of plastic rod I had lying about and everything worked perfectly.

If you can't sort that out I think I saw new units on the Alfashop website for less than a tenner .
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Went out to Scarborough for the day in my Spider today, roof and windows fully down.

While I was out my re-trimmed wheel came back from Jack at Royal Steering, he really knows his stuff, I'm glad I went with extra thick leather.

And despite putting all the cream I could on in preparation for the temperatures, I've still ended up with part of my face and neck red sun tanned. Suppose it makes a change.

On a final note I found Scarborough has a really nice Italian Restaurant by the seafront, probably the best I've been too, will have to go back later in the year when I've got more appetite for the desserts they do which make all the places near me look pretty plain. Eating a dessert like that in this weather just ain't gonna happen.
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Just finished changing the old faded alfa badges.
got any links for them? my front is silver, it's faded that much and i think my titanium is just dark enough to carry these badges off.
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got any links for them? my front is silver, it's faded that much and i think my titanium is just dark enough to carry these badges off.
here ya go Jim, others in the shop too, if you don't want the wheel centre caps.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2516760649...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
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Got some photos of my "mood lighting" in the dark....
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Got some photos of my "mood lighting" in the dark....
I love that - do you have any more detailed photos or a dev thread I can look through?
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In the last month or so . . .

Remove engine and gearbox to get to the failed bearing on the output flange to the propshaft. Dismantled the power take off box, replaced bearings, reshimmed, and reassembled. ZF, who make the box, no help, but all bearings and seals have OE numbers so easily obtainable from any bearing supplier.
Replaced the V6 timing chains, idlers, guides, tensioners - having waited a couple more weeks as GM Parts in the USA forgot to send one guide - which also allowed me to order new gaskets for the tensioners as I didn't know they didn't come with them. Had a moment of doubt at 11pm saturday about whether I'd torqued up the rear idler when tidying tool up (in Alfa positioning - RH in Cadillac positioning) - so stripped it all again while the sealant was soft - I had torqued it up - all back together by 20 past midnight!
Engine back in sunday/monday.
Blasted and powdercoated battery tray, under engine cooling duct mounts, rear lamda plug bracket under the car, propshaft safety hoop bracket thingie, brake hose mounts on the front uprights (screws sheared in upright after the stud hanging on to the brake hose sheared when I tried to remove it to get enough free-play in the assembly to get the driveshafts out) washer bottle mount, air cleaner mount - was surprised how bad they were!
Also had subframe blasted, then I painted with 2-pack paint, then undersealed, with a good dose of noxodol 700 inside it. Applied Noxodol to varous other chassis legs and box sections.
Blasted the lower rear edges of the front wheelarches where the paint have been stripped by road grit - 2-pack paint, top coat, then rubber coating, so they should be ok for a while.
Spotted rustspots under the sills yesterday when doing final fitting of things, stripped, cleaned,blasted, painted, undersealed so they should be good for a few more years. If anyone knows where to get those oval rubber bungs, I need one.

So it's back on the floor, so I can turn it round and have a go at the rear trailing arms . . .

Incidentally, I can see how people changing the timing chains may run into timing problems- the final chain wanted to jump the idler by one tooth when fitting the last guide - had to be held in place and checked to be sure it was correct as the guide was positioned.

Hardest bit was persuading my engine crane to move on the rough tamped concete outside my garage.

Most worrying, after the "phew" when it started first turn, was trying to bleed the cooling system - couldn't get hot air out of the air vents yesterday - until I realised with the temperatures set to 32 degrees, the system was trying to cool the car DOWN to 32 degrees it was that hot outside. :-)
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Tested my Eibach Pro springs with 2 adults, 2 nineteen year olds and a 16 year old, a boot full of stuff, an Ocean Kayak and a Roof box
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Tested my Eibach Pro springs with 2 adults, 2 nineteen year olds and a 16 year old, a boot full of stuff, an Ocean Kayak and a Roof box

Seems quite reasonable to me, there is a user who believes the sport wagon springs are far too soft


Any spelling/ grammatical errors are purely there to annoy!
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Washed & waxed her (took quite a few hours...) - looks pretty good for a 9 year old car!
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Spent 4 hours washing, claying, washing then polishing. Removed rather a lot of the swirls. Only a few deeper ones left and a couple of scratches, but pleased with the results of my labour and impressed with Meguiars Ultimate Compound.

Never had time for waxing so that will a job for next weekend hopefully.

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Wish you had posted a full on profile shot Mr Flibble. I have the same coloured Brera as you and I keep wondering about black wheels.

Black wheels have definitely been 'en vogue' for the last few years and once again Alfa were ahead of the curve when I bought a new 155 back in 1995 which had them fitted as standard.
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I didn't take a side profile picture after this weekends cleaning activities, but here's one from the day I bought the car.

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It already had the wheels when i got it btw.
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Not today as such, but over the last 6 weeks I have been working with Turbo Dynamics and Autolusso to develop a new Stage 2 Hybrid Turbo for the 2.4 159/Brera/Spider.

After a lot of dev work the final spec is:

GTB22 Turbine wheel (from a BMW 530d variant) increased from the GTB20 as stock.
62mm extended tip billet compressor wheel 6 blade design (49mm inducer, 62 trim) as opposed to the 56mm stock wheel.
15 degree cutback/clipped turbine wheel
Custom 63mm intake adaptor (to suit 2.5 intake hose) to increase airflow against the stock 90 degree neck
Blueprinted (staggered gap oil seal on exhaust side) for zero back pressure exhaust set-ups

This unit will be able to flow the air needed for a 300bhp+ / 500lbs+ set-up on stock pipework with limited smoke and is a plug and play upgrade as opposed to the major heart transplant that a 2265VKLR Merc 350 Turbo transplant to get the same figures.

I have a very long jobs list on my car to get through before its back on the road though!
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Had week in Italy from the 20th of July. The Monday before the bottom pulley fell off the car and I'd previously had the A/C regassed. The pulley for the AUX belts. No A/C, no PS and no alternator. RAC called and he followed me to the garage.
Car is back now all fine but no A/C . Currently in a "I don't like old sheitey boxes anymore" mood
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