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So....after a year of neglecting my alfa because i have zero spare time ever....she has now decided to bite me in the ass :)

Over the last few weeks i have noticed things start to deteriorate, and still failed to sort anything. So now I think the car has decided to force my hand to take more notice. So i have a list of issues, which I will be addressing:

1. On accelleration, the car makes a kind of hissing/raspy sound and does feel slightly less powerful although i dont know if thats just my mind playing tricks.
2. When i get to around 40mph the car feels shakey, steering wheel has a slight vibration too.
3. When braking i get vibrations and the same kind of shakey sensation - Thinking this might mean I need new discs.

At the same time as all this I think im due a cambelt and whilst shes falling apart on me i think it makes sense to do this (2007 with 90k on the clock). So I need to find the right part. Does anybody know if this is correct for the GT Blackline JTDm 1.9: Cam belt kit and the water pump. But there are 2 cam belt kits, one for CF3 and one for CF4. Does anybody know the difference?

Also going to give the car a DIY service. Priced up an air filter, oil filter for £30.50 on auto lusso but again need to know if this fuel filter is right because its for CF3 (what ever that is) which is another £20. Also need to double check which oil i should use? Ive seen some threads which people talk about changing to "the right oil" as opposed to what it says in the book, but i cant find out what that "right oil" is :) Is it 5w 40?

Thanks in advance for any help and advice! Guess this will teach me that i cant be a part time alfa lover and should keep ontop of things!
 

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1. Check for airleaks on the turbo hoses - will give hissing/whistling noise and loss of power.

2. Check for play in the suspension wishbone bushes, mine can be a bit jiggly at speed but I know I'm due a new set of upper and lower arms in the not too distant future!

3. Pads and discs are cheap, might as well just do em!

Easiest way to tell the difference between CF3 and CF4 is to look under the bonnet at the intake manifold. If it's black and plastic, you have the CF4 engine. I believe your '07 Blackline will be a CF4 like mine, but worth double checking. Else give Autolusso a call and they should be able to help you out with your numberplate/VIN.

5W40 is good for the GT JTDm, Autolusso sell some good stuff (Fuchs GT1 XTL) for a very good price which I'd just stick on the order with the filters.
 

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1. Check for airleaks on the turbo hoses - will give hissing/whistling noise and loss of power.

2. Check for play in the suspension wishbone bushes, mine can be a bit jiggly at speed but I know I'm due a new set of upper and lower arms in the not too distant future!

3. Pads and discs are cheap, might as well just do em!

Easiest way to tell the difference between CF3 and CF4 is to look under the bonnet at the intake manifold. If it's black and plastic, you have the CF4 engine. I believe your '07 Blackline will be a CF4 like mine, but worth double checking. Else give Autolusso a call and they should be able to help you out with your numberplate/VIN.

5W40 is good for the GT JTDm, Autolusso sell some good stuff (Fuchs GT1 XTL) for a very good price which I'd just stick on the order with the filters.
Thanks for the reply mate. I will be spending some time investigating this tomorrow so I will report back with further questions no doubt lol

I had the upper wishbones changed early in the year so they should be ok. Just checked on auto lusso and lower wishbones are £75 each, rear pads £25 per set, front pads £29 per set. Turbo hoses £65 and £47.50. All this plus cambelt kit and service. Could be an expensive month for me lol
 

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I got a standard lower turbo hose off ebay. Much cheaper than the silicon ones and they don't need cutting to size like the autolusso ones. The original hose lasted 112k miles.
 

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cant find anything on ebay at the minute. Just searching on eurocarparts but cant find it! Is there a technical term for the turbo hoses?
 

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cant find anything on ebay at the minute. Just searching on eurocarparts but cant find it! Is there a technical term for the turbo hoses?
This is what you need

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Alfa-Rome...262?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item35e0dbe1ce

They do need to be trimmed to size but that is easy, we made them like this so the fit 147,156 & GT as they are all slightly different lengths

The rubber standard pipe blow all the time and it is a waist of time fitting one but if you are an a really tight budget we can do you a second hand one for £20 delivered

We have sold over 6,000 of these now and never had one fail

All of our regular service customers have them fitted on their cars

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+1 now have AL upper and lower silicone hoses and not only do they look very nice in the engine bay and under the car but I have the added peace of mind that there is another thing that has been replaced with a superior part.
 

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This is what you need

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Alfa-Rome...262?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item35e0dbe1ce

They do need to be trimmed to size but that is easy, we made them like this so the fit 147,156 & GT as they are all slightly different lengths

The rubber standard pipe blow all the time and it is a waist of time fitting one but if you are an a really tight budget we can do you a second hand one for £20 delivered

We have sold over 6,000 of these now and never had one fail

All of our regular service customers have them fitted on their cars

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By blow, you mean they eventually get a hole in them .....or are you saying they are not good from new?
 

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£53 for AL hose, versus £24 for standard, without needing to be cut .....i'd need convincing that they were worth more than double the price.

Apart from being prettier of course!
 

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£53 for AL hose, versus £24 for standard, without needing to be cut .....i'd need convincing that they were worth more than double the price.

Apart from being prettier of course!
Pays your money take your choice, I know what we fit and sell and I wouldn't fit anything else as we sell quality parts that last

You can't buy a new one for £24



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Pays your money take your choice, I know what we fit and sell and I wouldn't fit anything else as we sell quality parts that last

You can't buy a new one for £24
You're right! .....this one is £23.89 :biglaugh: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Alfa-Rome...692?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item48742bbc94

If there is no performance difference, then I don't really see the point in paying more. On the basis that mine failed at 112,000 miles ....my next one is due at 224,000 lol. Its a real simple DIY job too.

Make a mistake with the cutting and its £££ down the drain. As you say, pay your money and make your choice.
 
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