Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Dublin, Ireland
New 156 V6 Owner - DIY suspension / cambelt work
Hi 156/147 owners,
After years of lusting, and building up my NCB, I've finally upgraded my 1.4TS 146 to a 156 2.5 V6! Hence my first post to the 156 lounge. I have to say some searches of past threads on here have been invaluable in making an educated purchase - sincere thanks to the many knowledgeable posters on here :-)
As you may suspect from the title - I'm looking for still more help...
The car is a '98 with 59k on the clock. AFAIK Fleet owned to 46k then privately since. It's had the spark plugs, lambda sensor replaced in the last while, and a repair to the power steering hoses (lambda and PS pump identified as weak points by this very forum). The cambelt hasn't been changed so obviously needs doing.
On driving the car, perhaps unsurprisingly, I found pretty much all the other common faults. I got a nice bit of money off the already low price by spotting these (thanks again...), to allow some money to fix them! The car has been very well kept and is close to immaculate inside and out, so I bought it "warts an' all".
I'd appreciate opinions on the following:
Have contacted the wonderful Gerry at TI autos in Dublin to get it booked in. But he can't do it for over a month. Not only are Alfa dealers probably more expensive, but I wouldn't trust them following past experiences! In the mean time driving it is like walking on eggshells :-/ I'm fairly comfortable working on cars and have changed the cambelt on a punto before - has anyone here changed a cambelt themselves on one of these? Is it all that bad? I know special tools are required but E.B. spares will rent them... Am I being over-paranoid about waiting a month for Gerry to do it?
The V6 sounds as great as I expected and has bags of torque at low revs (some people say it doesn't - but I'm coming from a 1.4!) However - when you put the boot down fully, it feels like it's being held back by lack of fuel or air, then hesitates badly @ around 4.5-5k revs as if it's hit a limiter. It performs fine @ up to half throttle and low revs. From my searches I think it seems like a MAF / AFM problem. However when I disconnect the sensor with the engine off, then restart, as suggested as a diagnosis - it won't rev at all and just idles lumpily. Could it be something else?
squeaking / creaking suspension bushings:
Seemingly familiar to all... will be taking a close look tomorrow to identify what faults I can. Again any tips appreciated as I will probably tackle this myself... Have seen arguments for getting aftermarket PolyV bushings rather than entire wishbone OE assemblies. Nobody seems agreed on solution of choice - or are you? :-)
airbag warning light:
So neatly disguised by black tape I never spotted it 'til the next day! Hoping it's the wiring under the drivers seat and ECU reset. If not I may be making further pleas for help!
Thank you so much again for help both before the purchase and anything you can help me with now. I will try to get sequential photos of any work I end up carrying out and post them here...