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  1. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    I have just collected a replacement plastic inlet manifold so that I can have it de-swirled and cleaned ready to do a quick swap for mine. It has had the flaps removed from the shafts but the shafts are still in place so can I just leave it as is or do I need to remove the shafts and replace...
  2. Alfa 159, Brera & Spider
    Hello Alfa owners I have taken my intake manifold out because my swirl flaps is leaking. I have decided to buy a new manifold. I also have a kit to block the swirl flaps. But what do you think is best when the manifold is new. Let the flaps stay in or just remove them.
  3. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Being an ex BMW nut I was appalled to read that my car is also fitted with swirl flaps - I'd have thought that Alfa/GM would have learned from BM's failings which began much earlier. I'll not be happy as long as I know these nasty little things are in place and could severely damage my engine...
  4. Alfa 159, Brera & Spider
    My engine is in limp mode and would like to lock the swirl flaps. I have read about disconnecting the balljoint from the actuator arm. However it looks like that this is different for a 1.9 jtdm 16v. I cannot find this balljoint. All subjects are for the 2.4 engines. Is it possible to lock swirl...
  5. Alfa 159, Brera & Spider
    Hi all, another question I can't find the answer to. I plan on replacing the timing belt and removing the intake manifold to remove the swirl flaps. The car is a 2007 57 plate 159, 2.4 jtdm 20v 210hp. Registered 28th september 2007. My question is that I am unsure on the size of the plugs...
  6. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    How, by looking at them, would I know if my swirl flaps have been done by a previous owner? A picture of some that had been done would be very helpful.
  7. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    I wan't to remove swirl flaps from my intake how do i do it?
  8. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi, my GT 1.9 JTDm CF4 had a faulty thermostat when I bought it and I changed it after a couple of days (along with the oil cooler). I hadn't really driven the car other than very gently before I did the work as I was nervous of the corroded pipes to the oil cooler. I noticed afterwards that...
  9. Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    Hi all! My windscreen is marred with a lot of swirl marks, and I'm wondering if any of you have had this problem and how you fixed it? It's not impossible to see out of, but it's definitely distracting at certain times of day and at night, and I'm wondering if this can get sorted as a DIY job.
  10. Alfa 159, Brera & Spider
    I am interested in finding out the timeline regarding swirl flaps and manifolds for the 2.4 and 1.9 engines. I have Googled, as per usual, but not really come across a definitive answer. Were the very earliest 2.4 engines fitted with swirl flaps? Did earlier versions have plastic manifolds...
  11. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    So, the GT I bought the other day has had its trip to the lads at Autolusso. I got it for a steal, but there are some issues with her. Potential Swirl flap problems too. I just wish the previous owner had that sorted when they recommended it in 2015! So, they’ll be taking the manifold off soon...
  12. Alfa 159, Brera & Spider
    Next job on the 1.9 159 is to remove the swirl flaps, It has a plastic manifold so what is the diameter of the plugs i need or which kit have you used ? On a Alfa FB page someone bought a kit which turned out to be the wrong size and had to bodge it which i dont want to be in that position so...
  13. Alfa 159, Brera & Spider
    Hi guys, sorry to drag up a swirl flap issue , but got a 1.9jtdm 16v plastic type inlet. Swirl flap came off & damage to head , anyway rebuilt with new head etc runs great starts on the button. butt......got this code P2013 Shutter valve , fatal error on Multiscan. I rebuilt the manifold...
  14. Alfa 159, Brera & Spider
    is there anywhere on mainland UK that sells them, i bought the 18.5mm set from tafmet and its obviously the wrong one now the motor is in bits... or if anyone has a set that theyre not using in the next couple of weeks and could ship me Next day, on tuesday morning that'd be great! if anyone...
  15. Alfa 159, Brera & Spider
    Anyone know where i can get a swirlflap delete done in the northwest? The time has come to get it done along with the cambelt. Many thanks people....
  16. Alfa 159, Brera & Spider
    A friend from the local Alfa group has a 2.0 SW. He bought the swirl flap removal/blanking kit from eBay......but having seen it involves manifold and intake removal, he has bottled it and asked me to do it (sorry if your are reading this mate!). No problem as I love spinning the spanners. Now...
  17. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi all. I took the opportunity of having a spare day to play at the 55 plate GT. I fixed the outside LH door handle which didn't work, tried to make the LH drop glass go up all the way, but can't! Interestingly, I popped the bonnet to spray WD around the injectors thinking it might be...
  18. Alfa 159, Brera & Spider
    Alfa 2.4 jtdm has had the swirl flaps locked open & the movement mechanism disengaged - the arm moved off the spindle. The car is running much better but keeps flicking the EML light on - is there anyway round this ? i dont want to spend ££££'s on a new manifold until the c/belt is done. All...
  19. Alfa 159, Brera & Spider
    OK, so here are the problems: Extra black smoke (more than normal for a 2.4 jtdm) Smells like its over fueling No power Turbo gauge holding pressure but still no power No boost leaks from what I can see. A LOUD wooshing noise coming from rear left of engine Now...During my cambelt change I...
  20. Alfa 159, Brera & Spider
    Can some help with this? So, during my cambelt change, I have had the swirlflaps deleted, the throttle body/inlet manifold cleaned throughout! I'm confident everything was done correctly. But, there is now a loud induction noise during 1.5-2k revs/0.4-0.6 bar on turbo. The noise seems to be...
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