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Hi all,

Just got my car back after service, Got the handbrake cables changed also so my main niggle now sorted.

The mechanic checked everything over - The only report was the worn tie bar bush. I assume the full bar will have to be purchased - Had a look around internet but no joy, dealer only? any ideas on price?
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Called Alfa dealer once we were into working hours - £35, Should be an easy fit.

Anyone else had to change this? Engine can move a fair bit with this worn!
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Do you mean the top "dog bone" Dougie?

If yes, it is a dead easy fit mate, 5 mins.
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I had to change mine as well about a year ago, the newer ones are thicker than the old ones, so should last longer! And as Mitch166 said, its a 5 min job to change.
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Yeah that's it - Will fit 2moro.

Can't say that I have noticed any problem or knocks but I suppose over time it could have caused damage. I will be easy on the throttle until changed!
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Dougie, that's the part that I'm waiting for to get my 166 back on the road. Where did you get yours from as AR in Worcester have them on back order.

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Phoned my local dealer - They said that one of their branches had one in stock. They said they could get one next day even if it turned out not to be in stock at the branch!

I will find out 2moro and check availability with them.
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Dougie, panic over. One turned up for my car yesterday.

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Fitted mine this afternoon - A really easy job.

The existing bush was totally knackered with the centre dislodged from the remainder!

The new one is exactly the same as my old one - Marktodd mentioned a difference but maybe my 2003 original was already the later type?
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All this dogbone talk must be contagious !! - just noticed mine has gone
This one only lasted 25K.......
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All this dogbone talk must be contagious !! - just noticed mine has gone
This one only lasted 25K.......
Certainly catching crispie. Lacey's has gone too so has its exhaust and brakes.Now at 120k and needing belt tensioners and while I am in there the water pump too.

Pomeos dogbone is fine, looked new when I got her 2.5 years ago.

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Hi Pomeo, is it the whole exhaust you need? I've had a new back box but I think the catalyst may be on the way out, the stabilising bar which connects to the chassis by rubber bushes has come away so it is no longer supported and there isn't much other than rust to weld a replacement to!

I had a look on the net and found a catalyst for £260, seemed quite cheap to me - I may have to bite the bullet soon.

I'm also considering a suspension rebuild, at 140k miles it's probably due, I'll go the Koni route.

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Hi Pomeo, is it the whole exhaust you need? I've had a new back box but I think the catalyst may be on the way out, the stabilising bar which connects to the chassis by rubber bushes has come away so it is no longer supported and there isn't much other than rust to weld a replacement to!

I had a look on the net and found a catalyst for £260, seemed quite cheap to me - I may have to bite the bullet soon.

I'm also considering a suspension rebuild, at 140k miles it's probably due, I'll go the Koni route.

Mike

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Hi again Mike.Hope you are well.

A quick look showed to be in the area around the weld at the roughly triangular section of the exhaust.My daughters bravo is leaking there slightly too. I may get awat with a wee weld around it as the rest looks ok.I saw when I put a personal plate on lacey and I got the advisory at the Mot before I got her that the exhast was rusty at a section.
When I bought her I saw some Mig wire in the boot and wondered what had been welded.At this Mot I saw the patch on the exhaust.

Whoever had done it had done a brilliant job.

The brackets on the cats seem to always go.Pomeo's has been like (nothing there at all) that in the 2.5 years that I have had her and looks as if a long time before that.Laceys are not as bad but still poor.

Laceys spring are looking really poor with corrosion compared to Pomeo so I am sure that I will be following your route soon.

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