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Dear All,

I have just replaced the engine in my TS, the previous unit threw a rod whilst cruising on the motorway at significantly above the legal limit, it had done over 140K miles so is forgiven!

I installed the replacement lump which came with coil packs and inlet manifold. The unit fired up on the first attempt after turning over just enough to feed some fuel through. I ran the car up to temperature, filled up the coolant, checked the oil etc and all was good.

On the first run out of the workshop I accelerated, changed into second and the engine just died, repeated attempts would sometimes result in the engine starting, idling poorly at low revs, not responding to the throttle, and then dying. I disconnected the battery for 15 minutes in an attempt to re-set the ecu - and hey presto it worked! I drove about 120 miles over the weekend with no problems and then set off for Durham, a journey of 250miles.

The car ran faultlessly, cruising at 70 - 80mph, after about 180 miles I stopped at some services and shortly after re-joining the motorway I experienced a sudden and dramatic loss of power. As I was traveling at speed I just kept my foot down and the power kicked back in. The car continued to have similar moments for the next 70 miles, luckily I got to my hotel without it dying, and it drove to site fine this morning, only about an 8 mile jaunt!

Any ideas???:confused:
 

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If I can get her home I may be able to use the diagnostics at the workshop where I rent space, if they have the Alfa info on it? Not fully conversant with diagnostic kit as I've never used it - old school mechanic!!:)

The engine runs fine when cold, and is generally fine once warm, and no warning lights flashed up on the dash? It had covered about 300 miles before this problem surfaced. Have to trundle round County Durham for a couple more days before heading back to the Welsh borders so fingers crossed.
 

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What age is the TS? If it's before Sept 2001, then you will probably have to use AlfaDiag or FiatEcuScan .. or find someone who has them. Diagnostic system was non standard before then and used a Fiat-group system. Only after that date did the EU make manufacturers use a standard (EODB) but gave diesels three more years to comply!
 

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The TS is pre Sept 2001, thinks its fixed! I looked on the forum for info on a friendly garage in the North East where I was working and the Bluebell Motor Company came up, as it happens they are no longer trading but a 'Bluebell Workshop' exists in the same area whom I mistakenly went to instead.

Anyway they knew of the other guys and helped me out no end. We found a split in the corrugated air pipe that feeds the inlet manifold after the sensor - taped it up and the old girl has just flown the 280 miles home no problem. A big thank you to Adam at the Bluebell Workshop, he didn't charge me a bean! So where as they are not Italian specialists if you're stuck and in that area try them out as he was friendly, competent and cheap!:)
 
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