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  1. Aux belt tip

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    After much swearing earlier trying too get a new belt on my dad came up with what turned out to be a brilliant idea.. Hook the old belt around the spanner on the tensioner and pull through the engine bay leaving room to fit the belt through the wheel arch :)
  2. Battery drain tip

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    While diagnosing a battery drain problem on my gtv, I discovered that the pudde lights on the bottom of the door are on the same timed circuit as the interior light. Why is this a big deal? Well my interior light bulb had gone, but I'd left the switch in the ON position, so I had a continuous...
  3. My new purchase and a tip for a stress free marriage

    General Motoring Discussion
    First, the tip for a stress free marriage. If you are going to buy an unnecessary car, it's best to discuss it with your wife first rather than break it to her as a complete surprise a few hours before she has to come with you to pick it up. Second, here's my recent auction purchase, as...
  4. Quick tip for all you 1.9 mjet guys

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Was told at the weekend while cleaning out the egr valve on my friends astra ( same engine as my GT) that while cleaning the egr valve, its a good idea to give the MAP (boost) sensor a cleaning aswell Its an easy job as the sensor is located just a bit further up from the egr valve on the inlet...
  5. Tech Tip... Split Induction Pipe Temporary Repair

    South Africa
    I thought that I would share my experience with everyone. The flexible section of the induction piping on my twinspark Spider is split and, of course, no spares available in the short term. So, I tried all the usual, insulation tape...rubbish, duct tape...a little better but still rubbish. So...
  6. Tip for transponder keys

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    Hi All, Got rid of my 159 Lusso around 2 months ago and traded it in for a Merc, anyway I just simply wasn't happy not owning an Alfa and have just bought a very tidy Phase 2 Spider. No major issues other than the electric roof sticks on the way up and I was only given one key. Useful to know...
  7. Top tip clutch master cylinder

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Heres a usefull tip,changeing 156 clutch master cylinder,buy a length of 6mm brake hose,it will save alot of heart ache when getting to impossible clip amongst pedals :rant:
  8. Changing crank sensor - Tip!

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hello All To add to the various posts on here regarding methods of changing the crank sensor on a 156, I thought I'd share my experience and, hopefully, a useful tip. After trying to reach it from the top and bottom several times (Throttle body and battery off) and failing miserably to reach...
  9. Quick Tip: Removing polish from plastics

    Car Detailing
    Not the smooth peanut-butter jobby (does that actually work?) but one unexpected one which I found on Autoglym's website. The answer is autoglym's 'Fast Glass', tried it myself and worked :BLINK:, not sure if it will work on all plastics / polishes (they refer to SRP), so it is at your own...
  10. iPod Connect 2 tip

    ICE & Blue&Me
    Guys Just bought and fitted an iPod Connect 2 from Dynamic Sounds in Wandsworth to my 156 JTS, 05. Its the original head unit. Tip 1, Buy the removal key, only £2.99, I spent at least 45 mins trying to take out the head unit and was in danger of causing GBH to the dashboard. Had to make a...
  11. 159 exhaust tip

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    hi there, does anyone have a exhaust tip for sale for a reasonable price ? this is to fit a 159 jtdm 1.9, much appreciated, tony.:cool:
  12. 166 AC Pulley bearing quick tip needed

    Alfa 164 & 166
    Hiya lads, My 166's Air Condition's compressor bearing has died (at least that's what I think). Not the inner one hopefully but the one off the pulley. Need to have it done before Thursday any tips much appreciated. I'm just wondering can I have the pulley replaced or have to get rid of the...
  13. 156 Grille Badge Installation Tip...

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Just a quick tip when installing the grille badge on the facelift 156. The strip the badge is attached to is made of (soft) black plastic, that keeps the three bolt heads captive that anchor the thing to the bonnet. Tip: Before attempting to remove the old badge, soak the threads of the bolt...
  14. 164 stepper motor - tip

    Alfa 164 & 166
    Now that it's turned cold I thought about turning the temp up but the air con felt otherwise and it remained freezing cold! Not only that but I also had to contend with the characteristic clicking from the stepper motor if I selected anything but Lo. I found out from my mechanic that the best...
  15. Spare exhaust tip

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    If you want to do the rear of your 159 justice you need one of these ! I've got a spare one here; Alfa Romeo Classifieds - Auctions - Genuine Alfa 159 Exhaust tip - Powered by PhotoPost Classifieds looks like this when fitted - takes a couple of minutes to fit...
  16. 159 sw exhaust tip advice

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    Hi guys, I've had my beautiful 159 sw Jtdm for over a month now and I want to make a few cosmetic alterations :thumbs: don't worry nothing too drastic :tut: The exhaust tip on my MY56 is pretty poor so wanted to upgrade to a nice chrome fitting. I've been to a dealer, spoken to the parts man...
  17. 159 wind screen washer good tip .

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    After spending approx two hours removing the sump gaurd then the wheel arch cover to get at the washer pump. To find nothing wrong with the pump, the problem was two stop ends on the underside of the screen jet body had poped out and disappeared, once I replace the plugs the jets worked...
  18. nasty exhaust tip !

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    Picked up my 159 today - great sevice (so far) from the garage and the car seems in really good condition.. Already seen my first 'mod' though - the ugly single exhaust tip Has anyone fitted a chrome tip ? If so where did you get it from and do you have some pics !!! thanks
  19. Tip: Good product to clean EGR with

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    I used Axel Sgrasso to clean the EGR valve. It is now clean like new, and I didn’t have to use a brush at all... Carb cleaner couldn’t do a thing. I am also cleaning my engine with it. Just spray it and leave it for few minutes and then wash with water. I am not sure if it is called Axel...
  20. 147 Exhaust Tip

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Whilst I would have liked to rip out the standard exhaust on my 147 & replace it with something better, I can ill afford it at the moment. I have picked up a new OE back box for next to nothing, which I plan to paint to stave off the rust but....I need to find a decent exhaust tip that will fill...