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  1. Alfa 159, Brera & Spider
    Anyone experiencing excessive rear tyre wear on their Alfa 159 saloon? Last 2 tyre replacements and they are going off really quick, tyre pressures correct, but firstly go off on the edge then the rest. Is the car heavy on the rear in bends? Both sets have been 2 types of Goodyears.
  2. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Regular readers may recall that I have had an ongoing issue with erratic excessive free travel at the brake pedal. And, that I've had some success in reducing this by increasing the friction in the rear caliper pins (to minimise the rear caliper body 'flopping' around on the pins). This was...
  3. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi forgive me as I know there is a lot on hear about the oil drinking in TS engines....but... I'm new to the TS motor. When I bought my 1.6 TS about 3 weeks ago the oil was at half on the dipstick - fine I thought. Then the other day the 'low pressure' message came on the dashboard while going...
  4. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi :) As title says, when I raise the clutch in reverse the movement of the engine is lots more than in first, is this normal? Also there is a vibration rattle through the clutch when pulling away in either direction ( clutch and flywheel replaced).. It's a 2008 GT Clover 170 if it helps :) Ive...
  5. Alfa 159, Brera & Spider
    Hi New to forum !! My 159 2.4 jtdm, broke down a couple of weeks back, soaked AA man in oil when he took off filler cap as I turned it over !! Towed home and been scratching my head since, won't start !! Fitted new battery, cam and crank sensors no joy. Took off air pipe from MAF sensor to...
  6. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    My drivers side (it's a RHD) wiper seems to intermittently sweep too wide a sweep. Hard to explain clearly, but it either goes over the edge of the screen on the vertical pass, right down to the plastic panel at rest. I wouldn't really bother about this, but it obviously sends a vibration down...
  7. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi guys, Recently had a fail on my 2005 156 ti with the above message: nearside front upper Front suspension has excessive movement at a wishbone pin or bush (2.5.A.1c) The MOT garage is one I have used many times and have no reason to question this BUT, would or should I expect any noise at...
  8. Alfa 159, Brera & Spider
    Hi Guys, Random dash message I've been having for a month or two, only usually appears on first start or if left for a few hours between starting. Car usually struggles to get going, but afterwards everything is fine. The messages are: Anti-Pollen Fliter Clogged Excessive Radiator Fluid I'm...
  9. Alfa 159, Brera & Spider
    I recently changed the EGR cooler (fun job), put everything back to normal. Couple weeks ago. Since then, 3-4 times I get "Excessive radiator fluid...Stop engine" Temp gauge hits maximum. I pull over. Bonnet open. Coolant is gushing everywhere, seems to be forcing itself out where the hose...
  10. Alfa 159, Brera & Spider
    Hi All, Ive have my 159 SW 2.4jtdm automatic about three weeks now. few foibles beginning to come out of the alfawork. the background is: 08 plate, 85k miles, 2.4jtdm automatic. I have last week changed all glowplugs after a dashboard error message - which is now resolved so thats good...
  11. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Mot failure for amongst other things 'Exhaust emits an excessive level of metered smoke for a turbo charged engine'. In other words it leaves a plume of black smoke when you give it a boot full. Anyone got any ideas on where to start to try and find out the problem. I did first notice the smoke...
  12. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi, I've noticed the gear stick in my Alfa GT is quite loose when moving between gears. Rather than a firm and controlled glide from one gear to the next, the gear stick almost falls out of gear when I move it and the movement from left to right when in gear seems excessive. It's as if I've...
  13. Engines (TS, JTS, JTD & V6)
    As always, advice appreciated. I’ll try not to ramble, but there’s a decent amount of info I want to convey in order to hopefully get some reasonable advice. Car details: 98 CF2 2.0TS 130k ish miles. Fast road cams and remap fitted 5k km ago. New spark plugs fitted at same time. Car does...
  14. Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    As always, advice appreciated. I’ll try not to ramble, but there’s a decent amount of info I want to convey in order to hopefully get some reasonable advice. Car details: 98 CF2 2.0TS 130k ish miles. Fast road cams and remap fitted 5k km ago. New spark plugs fitted at same time. Car does...
  15. Alfa 159, Brera & Spider
    Hi all I changed my rear brake pads last week, which is a pretty easy and straight forward job. However I now feel that the brake pedal has loads of travel before the brakes seem to come on ( if that makes any sense ) The pedal feels spongy and not so sure footed. Is there anything I should...
  16. Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    it would appear that the rear negative camber is perhaps excessive? - Although done too few miles since buying to tell myself, the rear inside tyre edges are excessively worn and car does appear to sit with visible negative cam stance What would be most likely culprit (assuming not adjustable?)...
  17. Engines (TS, JTS, JTD & V6)
    Hi all, I've had a glance through a few threads on this already, but not entirely sure if the use of oil is regarded as normal or excessive for my 156. I've had it about one year, but have recently noticed that I'm getting through 2L of Selenia Racing Oil (10w/60) every 3 months. It seems to...
  18. Alfa 159, Brera & Spider
    Hi Loyal ALFA Fans, Recently noticed my 159 2.4 JTD is lagging badly, with revs kept up it seems to be more responsive but noticebly bad even just above the 1.5k rpm lag area. Now with foot to the floor it takes a long time to get up to max. bar boost. Before the pickup was good and got round...
  19. South Africa
    Guys, I'm REALLY concerned about the 156's consumption. My previous figures included about 30% highway driving and came in at about 11 litres/100 km. Last week, with the tank almost bone-dry, I put in R300 (almost exactly 21 litres) of 95. Today, also virtually empty, it's sitting on 150 km on...
  20. Alfa 159, Brera & Spider
    Morning all Any pointers welcome... I am noticing that my bella is somewhat foggy in the cabin now that the cold mornings are setting in - something that I did not notice last winter. I've had all the kit out of the boot, and there's no water collecting there, so it doesn't seem to be a leak...
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