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Done yesterday but just collected it from the garage an hour ago so it counts, .

Timing belt and water pump replaced - a bit early as it's 'only' on 54k miles but better safe than sorry. It turned out that the pump had started leaking anyway, and on seeing that I had a Warrantywise cover certificate in with the service book, my indie has submitted a claim on my behalf before I even got there - good man, .

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1. "Sidelights coming on with the ignition" - they've been like that for a while (I'm not forking out for a replacement switch just for that, especially as I switch on the headlights every time in any case) but I wouldn't have thought that this 'fault' warranted an MOT advisory, .
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i am really obsessed with polishing my spider and i wonder if i clay bar it would it take the shine to another level?
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Its going to help get any contamination off but then you're going to have to put a coat of polish back on. Loads of options exist for decontaminating the car prior to a good polish coat.

If you're after some serious shine, try this stuff that I used:

http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/car-d...k-edition.html (CarPro Cquartz Ceramic Paint Protection Kit UK Edition)
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Took my 159 2.0 down to see AHM and have it's first service (in my ownership). And a remap with EGR blanked off. Very happy to be told that if he hadn't looked he would have thought it was clean 50k example (it's got 115k) and every looks OK apart from needing new disks and pads (one for the weekend).

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Removed my oil catch can in a B&Q car park in Farnborough

...why? I hear you ask.

Its too restrictive! The mini one from Rutland Motorsport, or at least the particular one I have, is far too restrictive and caused a build up of pressure & backed up the oil vapour in the head which in tern caused it to smoke like a chimney!

I noticed after a 100 or so miles drive down south while stuck in traffic on the M25 on Friday evening. It looks like I was on fire from the drivers seat and from outside just looked like I had a blown engine.

Performance was off slightly, but not noticeably until I removed it.

Oh yeah, and it only collected this much oil in 100 or so miles:

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I am sure a better can with greater airflow if fine but the design of that small one is too restrictive, or mine was faulty. Either way, I just reconnected the hose with a 15mm solder ring for about 2 so no big deal to fix

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Fitted new upper wishbone, Took 60 mins without rushing. Gave the car a good clean including getting rid of a load of tar spots with one of those clay mitts, which worked very well
A clay mitt!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00ET9F0Q..._hpCctb1GH43M6

Is it this sort of thing? Never even heard of them! Do you think they're worth getting?
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What have you done to your 159/Brera/Spider today?

Just fitted my oil catch can, used one of the larger ones from e-bay with a pipe and steel scrubber in it , also noticed a bit of smoke from the outside of the can ( thus was at idle) seeping through the gasket on it. Was thinking of going for a smaller one like yours, but seems it's not the way forward.
Where was the smoke coming from on yours jabawacky?

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Just fitted my oil catch can, used one of the larger ones from e-bay with a pipe and steel scrubber in it , also noticed a bit of smoke from the outside of the can ( thus was at idle) seeping through the gasket on it. Was thinking of going for a smaller one like yours, but seems it's not the way forward.
Where was the smoke coming from on yours jabawacky?

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Exhaust!

It was recirculating back into the combustion cycle somehow or effecting the air fuel ratio significantly, no idea tbh but it was terrible and definitely the catch can causing the pressure to back up. as I tested blowing through it and it was practically blocked!

I have spoken to the company today who are sending me another out and between us we are going to make it work. Rutland motors seem very helpful!
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What have you done to your 159/Brera/Spider today?

Interesting, will keep a look out, as I say mine seemed to be coming from the catch can, not a huge amount, and only when I looked closely. If it got to that point on the catch can it should have got through the tube and the 'gauze', so only the vacuum from the intake stopping it from coming through.

I tried blowing through mine after I put it together, there was little pressure against that though

Either way, that's far more oil than I was expecting! Think mines running a tad smoother, (but probably psychological! Have seen videos of fixit sans (which is fitted with a catch can with the mini filters) and a surprising amount of gas came out the top!

Suspect a new topic needs to be started ( already discussing in the upgrade section)

Edit: wrote a guide with some pics on;
http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/showthread.php?t=564921 (Oil catch can, how to)

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A clay mitt!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00ET9F0Q..._hpCctb1GH43M6

Is it this sort of thing? Never even heard of them! Do you think they're worth getting?
G3 one from halfords 12.99, I found it easier than using a clay bar
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Removed my oil catch can in a B&Q car park in Farnborough

...why? I hear you ask.

Its too restrictive! The mini one from Rutland Motorsport, or at least the particular one I have, is far too restrictive and caused a build up of pressure & backed up the oil vapour in the head which in tern caused it to smoke like a chimney!

I noticed after a 100 or so miles drive down south while stuck in traffic on the M25 on Friday evening. It looks like I was on fire from the drivers seat and from outside just looked like I had a blown engine.

Performance was off slightly, but not noticeably until I removed it.



Oh yeah, and it only collected this much oil in 100 or so miles:

Attachment 285409

I am sure a better can with greater airflow if fine but the design of that small one is too restrictive, or mine was faulty. Either way, I just reconnected the hose with a 15mm solder ring for about 2 so no big deal to fix

Attachment 285425
That looks like a water separator used on industrial compressed air systems.....
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That looks like a water separator used on industrial compressed air systems.....
+1 , that's exactly what it is. A water separator for a compressed air line.

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Is supposed to be a pretty effective oil separator too. Rutland Motors | The small oil catch tank
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Is supposed to be a pretty effective oil separator too. Rutland Motors | The small oil catch tank
It will be as long as the motive flow is sufficient through the trap
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Hole in air conditioner high pressure pipe

My wife took her 159 2.4 JTDM Sportwagon into our Alfa mechanic today because the air conditioner suddenly started running warm. It turns out that the cause was that the tupperware engine cover has, over time, worn a hole in the aluminium high pressure pipe due inadequate clearance being engineered into it. Our mechanic is going to dremel the cover and possibly raise it a bit higher to prevent it reoccurring. This sort of thing should not happen in my opinion and is a good example of accountants having too much say in car design. It is going to cost money to have the pipe replaced and the system re-gassed. I hate tupperware on engines and wish they still made Alfa engines to look beautiful like the 3.2 V6 in my GT. Last year the cover wore through a rubber hose coming from the turbo. The trouble is that you don't know what is going on under there. I daresay the company accountants see cost saving as a beautiful thing and to them extravagances like chrome intakes and neat layouts are ugly. Curses on them I say!

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Removed my oil catch can in a B&Q car park in Farnborough

...why? I hear you ask.

Its too restrictive! The mini one from Rutland Motorsport, or at least the particular one I have, is far too restrictive and caused a build up of pressure & backed up the oil vapour in the head which in tern caused it to smoke like a chimney!

I noticed after a 100 or so miles drive down south while stuck in traffic on the M25 on Friday evening. It looks like I was on fire from the drivers seat and from outside just looked like I had a blown engine.

Performance was off slightly, but not noticeably until I removed it.

Oh yeah, and it only collected this much oil in 100 or so miles:

Attachment 285409

I am sure a better can with greater airflow if fine but the design of that small one is too restrictive, or mine was faulty. Either way, I just reconnected the hose with a 15mm solder ring for about 2 so no big deal to fix

Attachment 285425
I bought one of them just after Christmas thinking it was an easier solution than getting one and modifying it from ebay. Also I assumed easier to fit........ though I haven't got round to fitting it yet but now I'm not sure I'll bother if that's all it collected and its causing problems.

Oh and in keeping with the thread... had to replace a glow plug the weekend.
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Its too restrictive! The mini one from Rutland Motorsport, or at least the particular one I have, is far too restrictive and caused a build up of pressure & backed up the oil vapour in the head which in tern caused it to smoke like a chimney!

I noticed after a 100 or so miles drive down south while stuck in traffic on the M25 on Friday evening. It looks like I was on fire from the drivers seat and from outside just looked like I had a blown engine.


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Seems, like you are not the only one, also in the thread below, one of the guys has the same catch can as you (Edraven on pg2), and had identical issues, seems to have fitted some sort of gauze which has resolved the issue:
http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/tunin...catch-can.html
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