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I drove mine to York and back yesterday for a family day out.
It poured down and the car looks minging. Got an excuse to clean it now.
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I've included a picture of the handbrake gaiter, but not the gear lever one, as I'm in the process of removing all the silver trim to have it re-coated.
Got the same, well worth doing, the red trim matches the Ti perfectly, and the original cheap plastic ones look just that. Fit could be a little better, the collars are a little wide



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Got the same, well worth doing, the red trim matches the Ti perfectly, and the original cheap plastic ones look just that. Fit could be a little better, the collars are a little wide



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Yeah this is the second set I've purchased (brought a gear gaiter for my old 166) they smell lovely don't they.
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gave the car its first wash in a long time and a winter protection on its belly with some wax oil
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Firstly I discovered that a number of the bolts holding in my under tray were seized and then proceeded to round off the head on one and snap off the head on the other FFS

I subsequently gave up removing the tray and proceeded to do my oil change from above! so top-sided an oil and filter change (Millers Nanodrive 5w40 again) and then flushed the brown oil like substance from the PAS with fresh green stuff added 250mm of Forte PAS conditioner for luck and lets see if it leaks. Its smoother that's for sure!
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Firstly I discovered that a number of the bolts holding in my under tray were seized and then proceeded to round off the head on one and snap off the head on the other FFS

I subsequently gave up removing the tray and proceeded to do my oil change from above! so top-sided an oil and filter change (Millers Nanodrive 5w40 again) and then flushed the brown oil like substance from the PAS with fresh green stuff added 250mm of Forte PAS conditioner for luck and lets see if it leaks. Its smoother that's for sure!
Still half a day left, now get that bumper off !
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Still half a day left, now get that bumper off !
Not today mate am still waiting for some heat shield material to arrive to sort the lights before I install them soon though.

I did at least confirm all the bolts at the front of the under tray do come off! its just the ones further back that are in the sub frame
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Not today mate am still waiting for some heat shield material to arrive to sort the lights before I install them soon though.

I did at least confirm all the bolts at the front of the under tray do come off! its just the ones further back that are in the sub frame
If you do ever manage to get the undertray off, just replace them with stainless bolts and washers. I got a pack of them from screwfix and changed them on mine after a similar experience to you
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I was going to see about buying a set of replacements from alfa as I assume they will come as a kit if I can find the right part number. Then I was going to take it to my local friendly indie and have him remove the tray and the broken bolts etc, clean them up, and coppaslip them back in.
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Gave it a wash,.. although after driving it home you wouldn't think it!

Also got my Rhino fuel additive and just used the first treatment, no noticeable change as yet other than seems to idle smoother, MPG does look to be increasing though (going off the current MPG display)
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Bought: Brake fluid, filters (air/oil), yesterday: Ordered lower susp. arms & rear Powerflex bushes for them, new right side mirror (complete)...

Noticed after blowing in pipe to VGT-actuator, before todays 60 miles drive, that it seems lige the short "hickup" with drop of pressure / loss of power, has dissapered....But just a liiitle to early to be 100% sure, since it only shows up on certain hills at certain speed with pressure at approx 1,4 Bar :-)

Cold starts are perfect smooth again now, after owning her for 3000 Miles & cleaned/blocked EGR (both sides), approx 1500 Miles ago. Also gave the butterfly flap + inlet (as far as i could reach in there) a good cleaning.

I love it...(or..Her :-D )...So far :-D
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After a two day sales meeting, got in the car, pressed start, only for the engine to turn over and over, no spluttering or anything, played around for 10mins (reset fuel cut off, reset battery), no luck, about to call the RAC, then she started as if nothing had happened.
Suspicions on the crankshaft sensor? Can they be affected by the wet and damp, or likely terminal decline!?


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....HID headlight kit fitted....The difference is 'night and day' so to speak. If anyone is sitting on the fence over this, get it done.
Got my kit from HIDS direct, came in a few days and really is 'plug and play'
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Received & fitted passenger mirror..Complete from ebay 60 Euros..Took of old shell & clicked straight on the new that was received with shell unpainted..Perfect fit...Although I“s smiled a lot more id it hadnt rained all way through the operation :-D

Also received: TMAP (eventhough after cleaning the original its working perfectly, its always nice to have a spare ;-) ) & Powerflex-bushes for lower rear at front...Really waiting for the arms to get here by the mailman on tuesday :-P

& few days ago i receiced an ELM327 bluetooth-dongle...Modified it with a fixitsan-PIC, so also theres no more MIL-light from the blinded EGR-valve...Happy days :-)
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Checked the tyre pressures on my Brera for the first time since early September, neglecting my usual fortnightly tyre & fluid check due to the relocation.

It's obviously colder as all we down by 4 psi. Ditto our 500

Also noticed how much the car needs a good wash, polish & gravel rash attending too
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Not so much today as the last couple of days...

I set-up a "modders thread" in the Tuning & Upgrades forum to chronicle the current modifications and the next round of modifications happening to the old girl

Stop by if you're bored!

http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/tunin...rs-thread.html
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Fitted some HID headlights ("ebay rubbish") good kit, works perfectly
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looked at it - since I own a 147
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New passenger side mirror glass, this one a better fit than the drivers side. Now got a matching pair
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New airfilter & replaced the smashed foglight it had...Could have done that ages ago, had i not looked at Elearn which says it requires removal of the shield under the engine
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It was yesterday but gave her a 3.5hr winter clean with autoglym shampoo and armor all shield wax - there was barely any rain on her this morning.
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Winter service at Italia auto parts in Cannock, special offer on at the mo, £69, bargain. knows his stuff and definitely no complaints here!


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Dropped mine at Autolusso to have injectors tested and cleaned.

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forgot once again to book it into Alfatune for a service ( due in 1k miles) ...........
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