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  1. Temporarily overriding (dpf caused) limp mode

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    Hello I recently got a error code stating the dpf is clogged. Check engine light on, car went into limp mode shortly after each engine start. Got it to a diagnostics guy, he told me dpf needed replacing or power washing. I then replaced the dpf, cleared the code and voila - everything is...
  2. Help: Brake service caused faults!

    Alfa Giulia
    Help needed: Doing a brake service (Cleaning brakepads) on my Giulia 2,2 2016 ended up causing these faults: (I did activate brake service from the infotainment menu before starting, Now: Car drives, but only brakes at right front+left rear. Parking brake does engage/brake on both rears )...
  3. Where do I stand on damage caused by tyre shop?

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    Morning all, as per the title, the tyre shop I use has damaged all 4 of my wheels - and no, it's not the usual suspect. A bit of background, I had my wheels professionally painted last March at around £90 a corner, and the wheels have remained largely unscathed - apart from a curbing on one...
  4. Start/Stop failure caused CEL

    Alfa Giulia
    Stuck in a lot of traffic last night, auto start/stop doing it's business. Anticipating the car in front I kind of half lifted off the brake but then had to re-apply when they didn't move. The engine started and then stopped a bit too quick for itself, lots of bings and bongs, and I get the...
  5. Chemical smell, probably caused by airco

    Alfa Giulia
    Advice needed: Since a month or so the airco starts to smell chemical. (Not a burn-, gas- or coolant smell). Any idea what this could be? I'm guessing a leakage some where in the airco system. Anyone else had this? Guilia has done 25k+ now. greetings, Steven
  6. Rear wiper judder, caused by loose arm?

    Alfa Giulietta
    Hi all, not only has my rear heated screen stopped working this week (probably looom!), but the juddering rear windscreen in this rainy weather is driving me nuts. I'm also worried that it's juddering a bit too much and stressing the motor. I had a look today, and found a small bit of play at...
  7. GT headlight washers caused faI led mot today

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Folks, please help with a headlight washer issue, as it was the cause of my failed mot today (well, that and front tyres which I expected). Tried to look for info, but after 15 or so threads, no joy. Time is of the essence, so posting this up now before reading more threads. If you know of...
  8. engine damaged- what caused it?

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    What would be the difference in damage from an oil loss causing the engine to stop and oil over fill. initial inspection from taking the sump off is a bent con rod. The head has not been removed as yet. Would their be obvious damage shown when the head is removed to the engine to show the car...
  9. Claiming for damage caused by avoidance manouvre

    General Motoring Discussion
    I've often wondered whether you would be able to claim on another driver's insurance if you had to put your car into a ditch to avoid a head-on collision for example. Well, thankfully nothing as serious as that but my wife had to drive into a kerb to avoid some old codger who simply carried on...
  10. Power steering failure nearly caused accident

    Alfa MiTo
    Not having much luck recently with both cars. In the Mito 37K, 2014, we were turning left at a T junction slowly, the power steering failed suddenly, causing us to end up on the wrong side of the road and a on coming car had to stop, it took both of us to wrestle the steering back to our side of...
  11. Use of OBDII reader has caused airbag light?

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    Got an engine check light come on yesterday which I have since fixed this afternoon This morning I plugged in a fault code reader into the obd port and when it was scanning the car I got the message on the trip computer of "airbag failure" and the red airbag light has remained on ever since I...
  12. Hi! My first Alfa and it's already caused headaches :P

    Introduce Yourself
    Hey everyone, I'm Adam, 24, and I've recently bought a red 2008 147 1.9jtd 8v with 45,000 miles. I'm completely in love with the way it looks, and the way it goes (for now), and I'm enjoying the looks it gets from passers-by rather than my old 97 Renault Megane Coupe that used to rattle around...
  13. Audi Q7 caused chaos at ALDI today.

    General Motoring Discussion
    It was hilarious. There was a tail back out onto the road this morning, whilst a tool in an Audi Q7 (maybe it was an 8, I'm not sure but it was huge)tried unsuccesfully to park this stupid lump of sh*t into one of the bays. Eventually, one of the drivers stuck in the queue, got out of his car...
  14. Mercedes rust caused by Fiat ?!?

    General Motoring Discussion
    Just read a letter in Autocar from some guy claiming/blaming the fact that his 53reg Merc SL has serious rust due to Mercedes buying steel from Fiat at that time. Is this true? I have never seen anything to say this the case. It is well known that Mercs of that generation suffer quite badly from...
  15. Many issues caused by GTV TS sitting for a year

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    I SORN'd my GTV for just over a year; I expected maybe a couple of problems, needing new tyres maybe, and an oil & filter change, but after letting a very well looked after GTV sit for a year she has some issues. I guess I would firstly list this as a warning to store your precious cars...
  16. Gearbox Oil Changed - Fixed 1 Problem Caused Another?

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    Since we bought my wifes car every now and again the last 5 mm of the throw into 2nd gear has been difficult. The car is 2011 with just 45k miles on it. So having done some research Ive just had the gearbox oil changed to Redline MT90 - the result being the occasion difficulty into 2nd has been...
  17. oil top up caused sluggish acceleration

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    I use synthetic Mobil 1 last oil. Change was <1000km ago. I frequently rev my engine. After a 750ml top up I immediately noticed my car was quieter and accelerat ion is a bit less. What's wrong???
  18. Stop Start Not Available, caused Check Engine Error

    Alfa MiTo
    I drove my mito back from Manchester to home tonight. During the journey there was an hour of stop start traffic during which time I drove my car using the clutch, this is something I normally do in this sort of traffic as you can't put the handbrake on and off when moving every 5 seconds or...
  19. Door rattle/crunch caused by window opening mechanism?

    Alfa Giulietta
    Quite a few here have mentioned that just opening the front window slightly (same applies to passenger side) can greatly reduce an annoying rattle/vibration generated by hard road defects. I've certainly noticed this on mine. The question is though does anyone know the real cause. I'm pretty...
  20. What could have caused this damage?

    General Motoring Discussion
    Hi all! I arrived at my car this morning to be confronted with the damage shown in the attached photos. The peculiar thing about this, is that the damage is to the passenger side of the vehicle, which was adjacent to the footpath, and not the road. The damage is clearly not from a pedestrian...