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  1. 1.3 jtdm Damn glow plugs, help please

    Alfa MiTo
    I bought my car a few weeks ago and it has been asking for glow plug replacement so I bought 4 NGK plugs, but every garage I go to they won't touch it, they are saying the turbo needs removing to access them. Is this the case? Does anybody know an easier way or a guide I can show to my mechanics...
  2. Persistent damn oil leak

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    Hi all, '97 Ph1 Cf1 2.0TS Spider. I've had an oil leak, resembling the cam cover leaking initially (oil leaking front left of engine), since having a cam belt change 18 months ago (even though the timing was done wrong... another story...)and despite 3 cam cover seals, multiple attempts at...
  3. How do I kill the damn thing?

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    2003 156 1.8TS SW The computer screen comes on for a few seconds every now and then but since it doesn't normally do anything I really need, I haven't bothered. Now it springs to life every now and then with an annoying buzzer and tells me that "the brake fluid is low OR the handbrake is on"...
  4. Damn.........

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    Driving along the M25 yesterday in the Spider when the temperature gauge suddenly shot up from 90 to 120 - heater went cold - so coolant loss. Managed to get onto the hard shoulder very quickly right by an SOS point with armco protection. AA man arrived within 10 minutes. Looked in the header...
  5. Damn oil pressure warning!

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi folks, my '54 plate 156 JTD 16v has an annoying problem that has bugged me for the last year and I am determined to solve it. I was hoping one of you fine people will be able to give me a few clues on what it could be. Since I bought the car the "warning low oil pressure" warning has...
  6. Damn! rear suspension woes.

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    Took the Spider in to have the tracking checked following installation of the new wishbones, drop links and track rod ends. While it was up on the ramp I gave the rear suspension a quick check and instantly wished I hadn't. B*gger! Spring pans are knackered and dog bones (?) showing severely...
  7. Damn I have my G for another 12 months

    Alfa Giulietta
    Don't panic this is not another thread about getting rid of a troublesome G. My Sportiva is a Company car and I thought the lease was up in March so was looking at the website and trying to decide on whether I should get a JTDM 150 or 170 TCT. Had decided on a 170 QV Line in black. All happy...
  8. Damn it, I think it has finally happened. - MA Unit.

    Alfa Giulietta
    Second S***e morning of the week this week, only 8:30 and i had a road rage incident (but thats a story for the rant room). And then 4 miles into my journey my Giulietta looses power turning off into a street. I plant the throttle and wheelspin in as by this stage I am pretty p***ed off. I...
  9. Damn wife has made me change again

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Damn wife I started my project using a silver car then bought another as it had koni suspension 18" alloys and recaros etc with was blue so started to swap to that car. Now the damn wife turned round and said " I dont like the blue can you do the silver 1 instead" Which after having a think i...
  10. Damn you car wash !

    General Alfa Discussion
    I must admit I was lazy the other day, the Mito was covered in all kinds of crap and I thought I'll just quickly run it through the car wash on my way home. Normally I don't use automated car washes and after this experience I wish I hadn't and never will again. So I'm sat in the car wash...
  11. Can't get the damn filter off!

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    Decided I didn't trust the dealer I bought my much loved 159 from last week (previous issue with a car from dealer and oil/engine problem), decided to flush the engine and get new, good quality oil in her Engine flushed, oil drained, even ran another 2 litre of oil straight through to carry any...
  12. Lies, Damn Lies and Fuel consumption.

    General Motoring Discussion
    Yesterday I took a trip to the coast in our Ford focus. This is a 250 mile round trip from here on mixed roads and I just wanted to share my findings. On the trip our 1.6 litre Focus averaged around 35mpg driven in a slightly spirited fashion. The last time I went on the same route I used my...
  13. Anyone else sheared the damn bonnet release lever?

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    I'm now unable to open the bonnet - the spindle of the plastic bonnet release has sheared off. Talk about an awkward place to get to! Has anyone else done this? I can't seem to fix it myself, and it looks like I'm facing the dreaded trip to the dealer. Just after xmas - not good for the wallet...
  14. Damn the Alfa to HELL

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Right peeps, Need the round part of metal that the wheel bolts to Hub???/ for the FRONT of a 2007 147 jtd 8v Where the monkey would I get one all that is coming up in google is bearing kit regards CArl
  15. damn, something else has broken.

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    Driving to work this morning on a particularly bumpy bit of road i was suddenly aware of a rapid rubbing/knocking noise from the passenger wheel area. It sounds exactly like the noise a buses suspension makes when they are rattely. I put my hand inside the corner and felt all the bolts...
  16. Damn - it didn't make it to 200k

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    S8 GTV - our two litre threw an end shell at 170k - bag of nails sound. I really wanted to get it to 200K. I spent £1300 last year when the head gasket went and I took the opportunity to do other engine stuff as well. This time it would cost about 2 grand to put it right - second hand engine...
  17. Unbolting the damn EGR !

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi Guys, Had tried to unbolt the EGR during the last bank holiday & failed miserably.. Tried following the usual guide, but mine is an 8v 1.9 JTD, so the exhaust & outlet flange bolts are allen head type. After liberal amounts of super crack ultra spray, I could get the egr to cylinder head HEX...
  18. damn this weather

    Alfa MiTo
    wind has blown something of one of the neighbours roof and put a 2 pence sized dent in my bonnet :(
  19. Damn car parks

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    Reversed out of my bay to see a peugeot coming at me, then bang :( Only clay'd and polished it last week now its all marked up. £750 worth of damage :( http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/leesmith18/Cardamage.jpg
  20. Damn boot

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    Been meaning to get one of those bungs for the boot that help it pop up when you press the release button as mine has one missing. Di went to take a picture of it and so opened the boot to her a snap and a small piece of plastic go flying past me. On closer inspection I find that the strut that...
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