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Have replaced all coil packs now on the 156 so know the story. Also would like to know why they fail but is not confined to Alfas - the German cars have similar issues.

No point replacing all coil packs or searching for one's about to fail - it just happens! Best to shop for a cheap ones to keep as spares.

Just another under whelming feature of this Alfa.
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If you know which coil pack is faulty, then try one of our club supporters for a new coil pack, Italian Automotive Spares in Brunswick, talk to Dom or Marc and Alfamen in Brooklyn, talk to Matt. Don't drive the car with a faulty coil pack as the excessive heat from the unburnt petrol in the cats will ruin them and replacement new is a few thousand $$$$, Colin.
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New South Wales / Re: Can someone look at a car for me?
« Last post by Rigi on September 03, 2015, 09:08:16 PM »
Pm sent
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General Discussion / oran park 1980ish
« Last post by carlo rossi on September 03, 2015, 06:59:36 PM »
is this you??
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Buy/Swap/Sell [Announce ONLY] / Re: FS: 2003 156 JTS Selespeed
« Last post by Alfa81 on September 03, 2015, 03:55:12 PM »
$3500 as is, just want it gone, why is it so hard to sell these? they're not crap, it's in great condition but everyone who comes to look decides not to buy it for no valid reason, or I'm getting people not buying it because the brake rotors haven't been replaced or some other stupid reason.
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Crank sensor?
Used for ignition timing, if it doesn't work engine will turn over but not fire.

Symptoms include dying (dead) when hot but starting for a few seconds when stone cold.
Worth about a dollar, held in with one 6mm Allen screw.

Is usually a binary failure thing so you wouldn't get reduced power.. Just nothing at all


[edit] just read your post properly, will leave the info here for other seekers
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Have you checked the fuel cutoff switch under front passenger seat isn't playing up (black button). Might be worth a try...
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160 Series (90, 75, 164 Sedans) / Re: Roadworthy for a 164
« Last post by stustustu123 on September 03, 2015, 01:50:48 PM »
164 engine mounts are getting fairly hard to source these days, particularly the front drivers side one that sits under the AC compressor. Worth trying Mille Miglia Motors as he often has a good range of 164 bits, although I got one from him a few years ago and paid $450 for it.  :o

An alternate option that I've seen discussions of on AlfaBB is using a Saab 9000 mount. It does need some slight modification though as the threaded shaft is too long and needs to be trimmed a bit to fit, and I believe the two mounting holes don't quite line up and require adjustment. Upside is that they are easy to come by (and cheap), downside is you need to do a little work.

You might also want to try Turin Imports (Adelaide) for any of these bits, or alternately call Milano Spares (Thomastown) or Hugh Harrison to see if anyone has some decent condition used ones from a wreck.  Good luck!
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160 Series (90, 75, 164 Sedans) / Re: Alfa 75 TS standard factory sway bar thickness
« Last post by alanm on September 03, 2015, 01:32:52 PM »
Direzza Z1’s fitted along with poly suspension bushes and new rear brake pads. Koni dampers also ‘dialled up’.
On the road the car feels tighter, sharper and stronger.
Definitely feeling the lumps and bumps in the road more than I did before, maybe just a touch of vibration through the wheel.
This might be the poly caster arm bushes, or more likely, the cumulative effect of the various changes.

Will appreciate the benefits more when the car goes on a track - probably Broadford.

Al
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Following up on previous posts... reconditioned starter fitted.
It’s a lot quieter than the old one, and cranks noticeably faster – one way or the other the old starter was probably pretty knackered.
Al.
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