Some of you may have read in the "159 dead" thread posted by another AOer that his and my 159s died during trips to France.
I hope his is either on the mend or on the way home to be sorted.
Mine is sat on the drive at home, and I'm not best pleased with it.
Had it serviced at 98K by SimplyAlfas, new front pads as well. All was going well.
Cleaned it well, checked all the levels, filled it with Shell and off we set.
I stuck to the speed limit like a good boy, went through the Chunnel and set of into France with a happy heart!
60 miles out of Chartres, first stop over, the engine "coughed" when on cruise at 80mph. Did it again, so took the cruise off and continued. A few more coughs and then a whining/gushing noise from the engine. Struggled to get any power, especially on the hilly sections.
No smoke out the back, no warning lights and the car would still rev easily, so not a limp mode or so I thought not an EGR issue.
Struggled it to the first stop over, called the RAC.
9:30 the French RAC man arrives, starts the car, listens and says "non". Puts it on a transporter and off we go to the local Alfa/Fiat dealer.
Of course it is Saturday morning, so no service, just sale.
The RAC were brilliant, stuck me in a taxi and dropped me off at Hertz where they set me up with a delightful Nissan Quashqui......as in the photo below.
110bhp, struggled to get speed. Was fun to drive something else though. Had a reverse camera!
The service manager was excellent, brilliant English. Was worried it wouldn't be done by the end of the week, said he had 2 mechanics out. Was probably going to have to take a hire car all the way home....gulp.....leaving the Alfa in France then have to come back for it. Grr.
Call on Wednesday to say it was fixed! Hurrah!
New EGR valve as it was "full of soot and mess" (I cleaned it 6K ago and try to keep it clean by booting it often....) and a new Absolute Pressure Sensor on the manifold. He said one had blown the other.
So, 400 miles round trip on Thursday, picked up the Alfa, 600 Euros later.......
A recon EGR valve and a new sensor. Hmmm. How come that adds upto this much?
Anyway, on we go.
Now the car runs well, feels smooth at speed and on boost, but, has now developed a constant "whine" when on boost. Like it has a supercharger fitted. Only when boost is above 0.8bar on the gauge.
Something between the noise an old VW Beetle makes (but quieter) and a turbo whistle.
Also, when in slow traffic, after a good run, the car smells of diesel fumes. Not good.
When I checked the "new" EGR valve, the gasket/joint connected to the exhaust inlet has soot around the edges. The gasket doesn't look tight to me, or has been fitted badly.
I have cleaned many of these valves and have never noticed ANY soot on the outer edges of the gasket joints. Anyone else?
And the soot is black and think.
I will take a few photos as it is and report to the dealer via email, not amused.
Would a leak here cause the diesel exhaust fumes to leak back into the car when not on the power, such as in slow traffic?
Also, would this cause a noise as described when on boost?
Will take it apart and refit properly tomorrow and see if this sorts the noise/fumes.
Like I said, the power feels great, smooth delivery, better than it has been for a while, so hope the new parts have done some good. It had power in lumps before.
The car hasn't lost any coolant or oil during the "adventure".
Any ideas folks?