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Heli1

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159 Engine Service
« on: December 05, 2018, 03:08:47 PM »
Hi everyone.,
I am getting conflicting information on the main service and maintenance requirements that must (or should) be done on both petrol and diesel engines in the MY09 159'. Some information states more or less what I'd say comes straight out of a user manual rather than what specialists or guys with experience on the types say should be done. For example, what does everyone recommend as main items to be replaced and at what intervals - klms and years? Cam belt, water pump etc?
Thanks for the help.
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Re: 159 Engine Service
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2018, 04:54:55 PM »
I recommend normal servicing to be carried out every 12 months/10,000 kms with oil, oil filter, air filter & cabin filter changed.

2.2 & 3.2 Petrol 159s have chains not belts thus only require changing when necessary.

1750 TBi - Belts and water pump every 100,000 km or 5 years (4 years for harsh conditions which is Australia)

Diesels - Belts and water pump every 140,000 km or 5 years (4 years for harsh conditions which is Australia)
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Re: 159 Engine Service
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2018, 08:14:07 PM »
I'm going to re-stress the oil change aspect for modern chain-timed motors. It may not be quite so critical as for some turbo engines, but keeping the oil healthy will ensure optimal service life of guides and tensioner.

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Re: 159 Engine Service
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2018, 10:46:20 PM »

1750 TBi - Belts and water pump every 100,000 km or 5 years (4 years for harsh conditions which is Australia)


Hey Bazz I'm gonna disagree on that one, I believe Alfa have royally fudged that one up. I've had several customers cars in the past either strip the teeth on the belt, or the water pump has thrown in the towel. One was at around 90,000km and the others around 100,000km. I strongly recommend to all our customers now that they do the belt every 3/4 years or no more than 90,000km max kms.

Last head reco I did was very costly, the valves/seals/gaskets etc are very expensive and don't come in a kit as such from Alfa, you need to order all separately.

The 1750's are extremely similar timing belt wise to the twinsparks and JTS engines in the 156's. Similar in belt size and routing, and they also share the exact same water pump.

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Re: 159 Engine Service
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2018, 02:25:38 AM »
Further to Micks comments, the Manual for the Giulietta with basically the same 1750TBi engine recommends the following for ALL  Giulietta petrol engines-

"For areas that are not dusty: recommended maximum mileage 120,000 km. The belt must be replaced every 6 years, regardless of distance traveled.

Dusty areas and/or demanding use of the car (cold climates, town use, long periods of idling): advised maximum mileage 60,000 km. The belt must be replaced every 4 years, regardless of distance traveled."

So as Australia is one of the "dusty" countries maybe we should apply 60,000 km/4 years to the 1750Tbi in the 159 as well.
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Re: 159 Engine Service
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2018, 08:55:11 AM »
The factory information/workshop data for the Giulietta 1750Tbi QV states that timing belt replacement intervals is determined via VIN#. The max interval for some cars that fall withing a VIN# range is 105,000km, while other cars are like Mick has mentioned earlier @ 90,000km based on the VIN#

Alfa has superseded the timing belt part # for the 1750 engine about 4 times now, so obviously like the twin sparks, JTS and Busso engines they have revised something do the the belt not lasting long enough or they have just changed suppliers....

I know this was about Alfa 159 service intervals, so apologies for drifting slightly off topic.

Geeting back on topic the diesels i would change the belt and water pump @ 80,000km or 4 years, seen a few 2.4 let the water pump go @ 45,000km as the bearing design from factory wasn't good enough, so always make sure you swap it out with a pump that has a heavy duty bearing design.

But at the end of the day if you take your car to get serviced at a specialist they should be able to explain to you why they may do things a little different to what the book says as they have come across problems in the past.

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Re: 159 Engine Service
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2018, 01:23:42 PM »
Excellent feedback guys much appreciated. Seems no real preference to the 2.4 or 1750 engine choice, so looking, looking.
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Re: 159 Engine Service
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2018, 05:00:49 PM »
Excellent feedback guys much appreciated. Seems no real preference to the 2.4 or 1750 engine choice, so looking, looking.

Preference, I thought we were discussing service intervals?


If you want a heavy car (159 is), do large distances and/or lots of people/weight.. then get the 2.4 derv, itís a fantastic motor (EGR/DPF delete and remap). 

If you are city bound, used to driving petrol engines with instant revs then get the 1750tbi, again itís a fantastic engine (chews fuel though and is quick and addictive).  As I understand it the 2.2 is about as interesting to drive as an underpowered Camry in a nice frock, the 3.2 v6 is glorious but will bankrupt you in fuel bills.  Of course there are significant price differences between 2nd hand models now, so look to the TCO incl. expected fuel and maintenance costs - a v6 may break even over a few years.

The best pick of the bunch (in my opinion) is the 1750tbi Giulietta QV. 
The QV interior is fantastic and the engine in ĎDí is completely addictive. 
Great handling, aircon, etc ... absolute bargain, can be had for the same price as a good 159ti
Much better car, front end grow on you (change the grill to latest version for $100./)

Unless you need a 159 Sortwagon, such a pretty car..  grab it in a 2.4 Ti
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Re: 159 Engine Service
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2018, 11:24:02 PM »
Yes Craig, but as a newby, the maintenance and such is the key decision on which type, hence the original enquiry. So what youíve provided here makes heaps of sense.



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Re: 159 Engine Service
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2018, 10:09:04 AM »
Hi Heli1
I changed the BOSCH plugs on my V6 159 after around 50,000klm.  Recall the Owners Manual reccommends 80,000klm.  The original plugs were stuffed - I'm suprised the car ran at all given their condition.  Given this experiance I figure the plugs should be replaced every 40,000klm.   I used NGK Iridiums.  Note this was for the the V6 JTS engine.   I have no experiance with the JTS 4 cylinder engine.
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Re: 159 Engine Service
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2018, 08:30:34 PM »
You know, seems same story re what the manual states and real life - especially in city  stop star, salt air and or dusty conditions, I think best to halve the manuals numbers


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