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!
2004 GT 3.2 V6, Grigio Stromboli
2008 159 ti 2.4 JTDM Sportwagon, Grigio Stromboli
1989 75 3 litre V6, black
1988 75 3 litre, red, (son's car now)
2000 156 TS 2 litre, Cosmos Blue, (daughter's car)
Last edited by oz3litre; 25-02-14 at 10:08.