Car - Alfa 159 2.4 Ti with 82k on the clock.
Hi all, long story is - car started to hesitate (thought egr valve sticking etc) then the car performance started fading and then just came to a stop. After hitting the egr with a hammer it would start again but had the symptoms of a blocked DPF.
So I fitted an EGR blanking plate ( I assumed it was slightly open or sticking thus causing the DPF to clog) and cleared the DPF.
Then a problem developed - If I accelerate in second at about 50% the car will surge then the boost will drop off and the car will continue to accelerate again. This happens through all gears but most notably in second. No difference if the MAF is plugged or unplugged. If I accelerate 100% all is seemingly fine.
I have since drilled a great big hole through my DPF as I suspect it was on its last legs anyway.
Now my question is do I have a problem with a boost leak/vacuum sensor or similar or is this normal behaviour because the car is expecting there to be re-circulating exhaust gas and there isnt because I blocked it? Ive already cleared one suspected boost leak but Im concerned that when the car stopped the back pressure has broken other seals or parts....
I'm having the car remapped to delete the egr and dpf but I'd like to get any issues (if I have them) ironed out first if you get my drift!
Sorry for the essay.