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Just picked up my 3rd Alfa, a re-mapped 159 SW 1.8TBI, and beginning some ‘pre-emptive’ maintenance after reading up on this engine.

Changing the banjo on the turbo feeder pipe is a pig – apparently supposed to be a few min job, but just can’t see how to get a socket on there without taking the coolant pipe in front of it off. Actually bought a brand new, heat shielded pipe, but replacing that without taking off the manifold looks impossible.

Reasonably mechanically minded, got my 156SW to 220k (remapped 1.9Mjet, still going strong on original turbo, EGR and DMF) and replaced the engine on my 147.

So far, have only managed a gearbox oil change. Regular oil change – nice hex bolt, easy to get to for once…but rounded off at first attempt. Why do they make these things out of butter?

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Never use a 12 point socket on any alfa bolt if you can avoid it. I bought a nice set of a six point sockets as soon as I realized alfa used cheese for the fabrication of their fixings !
 
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