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  1. How tight to go on turbo clip.

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    The boost pipe out the turbo on my 1.9 jtdm was just a jubilee clip. I've upgraded it to a stainless turbo hose clip from ebay. I had a fair bit of oily mess around the outside of the pipe so I'm guessing it might have been leaking boost? I've cleaned it up and fitted the new clip but how tight...
  2. Anti-theft wheelnuts far too tight

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    Hi all, I recently ordered four new Nankang AS-1s to replace my worn Pirellis. They were to be fitted by a mobile service, in front of my house. The guy arrived this morning, and changed the two rear tyres OK. He also managed to undo all the nuts on the front tyres - except the two anti-theft...
  3. Spider 2008 Hood - not tight closed

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    Hello guys i have read all the posts here about the spider hood, had a problem where the rear glass hit the rollover bars behind the seats. changed 4 gas pistons that were completely dead weight. unfortunatly, my hood is still not tight closed on the right side. left side is a perfect seal...
  4. 2.5 JTDm cambelt change - tight belt!

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    Hello All, We are in the process of changing the cambelt on my 2.4 JTDm. We have the new belt hooked around the crank, tensioner, cam cog and fuel pump and the final piece of the puzzle is hooking it around the water pump but we need a tiny bit more play in the belt to allow it to go over the...
  5. Handbrake adjustment- how tight should it be?

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi folks, my handbrake currently takes 5 or 6 clicks for it to tension whereas on my old 147 it was 3. Do I need to adjust it at the rear calipers and is 3 clicks about right?
  6. New engine is incredibly tight on first cranking....

    Alfa 33, Sud & Sprint
    The new engine is in the car today and took it to the rolling road for set up. Although I checked things as I was going along it appears that for some reason the engine is incredibly tight. It is 1800cc with new pistons, rings, high compression etc - but yet it cranks at roughly half the...
  7. Tight bushes . . . .

    Alfa 33, Sud & Sprint
    Now that I have captivated your attention with a catchy thread title, the problem is altogether more prosaic . . . . Although lube will likely still be involved in the solution :rolleyes: I purchased - from 2 separate sources just in case - replacement rear trailing arm bushes as the ones that...
  8. Upper wishbone through bolt - how tight?

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Recently replaced the upper wishbone on my 147. It has lasted a couple of weeks and is now "sqeaking". When I bolted the new wishbone to the upper mount I tightened up the through bolt to what I would say was reasonably tight (not scientific I know). THis seemed to have the effect of locking the...
  9. tight cambelt

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    Hi i am currently putting the cambelt back on my v6 and its become impossible to get it on as its tooooooo tight am i missing a trick? Regards:thumbs:
  10. Rattling on tight corners

    Alfa MiTo
    Traded in my 2011 JTDM mito for a 2010 Cloverleaf last week. I absolutely love it. But, I noticed a loud rattling noise when I steer around a tight roundabout in my cul-de-sac and if I turn sharply or do 3 point turn in the road it rattles. Also noticed when I put my foot down to overtake or...
  11. How tight should Brake pads be in caliper?

    Alfa GTA
    I had a go at dry assembly of my new 330s this evening. The EBC Yellowstuff pads are a really tight fit into the calipers. I can fit them by hand, they go into position fine, but need wiggling into position. I assumed they would be fairly loose. How tight a fit should new pads be in Brembo...
  12. How tight ?

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi, I noticed a few spots of oil on the garage floor yesterday so with the aid of my £7.99 axle stands from Lidl that I knew would come in handy one day, I had a look underneath today. Leak was coming from the oil filter which was so loose I could turn it with no effort at all. How tight should...
  13. Buttoned up so tight....

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    I like tinkering with cars... always have. But my Alfa (and I believe most new cars) are buttoned up so tight these days, or built of such shoddy crap that you dare not or cannot play around with them. For instance. Yesterday I decided to add a second cig socket to my 159 for my phone charger...
  14. manual roof not fitting tight at front 97 spider

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    Hello Yesterday i bought a 97 spider, pleased as punch with it until i got it home and put the roof up. buttons work fine and got the hood up no problem but does not pull tight at the front when fastened and there is a half inch gap when done up that i can see daylight through??? i have very...
  15. Alfa owners are 'tight drivers'?

    General Alfa Discussion
    Read for you on: Tight driver sees car washed out to sea - Yahoo! Cars Tight driver sees car washed out to sea Life's a beach for one tight motorist. To avoid paying a £2 fee at a nearby car park, an Alfa Romeo driver decided instead to park on a slipway next to a harbour. Unfortunately, the...
  16. Wheel nuts too tight.

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    This may sound like a really silly thread, but I can't get a couple of my wheels off. My car was serviced at a local garage a month or so ago, and think they may of took the wheels off to check the brakes (?). Anyway, they're not shifting. WD40 left overnight, but nothing. The whole car moves...
  17. Cam belt tensioner - too tight or not enough??

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    ok, some of you know the problems I have had since my belt change last november. for thos of you that dont, its been really whiny and also knocks/taps when cold. its 100% nothing on the aux belt side as its all been replaced and the noise is still there when the belt is off. all tensioners and...
  18. 159 3.2 Gears tight when cold

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    Hi, First I want to say I absolutely love my car.. :D One thing I've noticed with the cold weather is that shifting to second gear is very slow, I thought at first the synchros are worn because when it does go in it makes a little crunch noise. When the engine and box is hot, it much quicker but...
  19. tight barrel..

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    ignition barrel, :rolleyes: its getting a bit tight around the key and not wanting to let go... i've wd40'd it a little bit and it gets better for a few days, but soon reverts back. trying to avoid replacing alot, could it be my key at fault? (maybe slightly bent/mis-shapen) or is it an easy...
  20. New QV ...1st gear a little tight ...

    Alfa MiTo
    I have come to the opinion that my 1st gear is a little too tight to select...it kinda hits a little notch before slipping in sometimes. Is this something to expect on a new car (only done 100 miles)...never owned a new car before. Any other 6 speed mito drivers have the same when new?? Its...
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