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Old 17-05-2007   #31
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Re: Barchetta Hunting on idle

I dont really get it, but it doesnt sound good
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Re: Barchetta Hunting on idle

What I mean is that there are two pipes that lead away from the top of the engine on the side by the throttle body.

One goes into the air intake and so must be a breather. Does anyone know what the other does as it appears to be leaking!
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What I mean is that there are two pipes that lead away from the top of the engine on the side by the throttle body.

One goes into the air intake and so must be a breather. Does anyone know what the other does as it appears to be leaking!
Any pictures we can see?
From memory the one coming from the side of the engine is the breather of the oil and the other is coolant .Feel free to correct me
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On an Hgt theres two oil breathers off of one pipe (1 into 2). Not sure if a B's the same? but i'd imagine it is. If it is the same and one pipe was sucking in air it would definatley run like a sack of sh-te.
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Re: Barchetta Hunting on idle

Thanks for that. Yes it is one into two. I'll try and get a photo or two but my camera has packed up so it looks like I'll need to go shopping first!

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Re: Barchetta Hunting on idle

Mine went in today to have the idle hunting looked at - result!. New variator & timing belt under warranty.
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Re: Barchetta Hunting on idle

lucky you !! Bet that saved you a few £££ thats for sure. Placing an order for a belt kit next week myself. I now have all the tools that you need for the job now.

Does she run a lot better now?

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Does she run a lot better now?
Work's not done yet - 11th June (had to wait for a loaner) but will post when done.

Since they prodded and poked around I seem to have the "diesel sound" on idle whereas previously it was only when the engine was cold

As it's now on 33k and the last service was July 06 I'm gonna get them to do the 36k whilst it's in there... hoping to save a few on labour and oil as they'll be in there anyway, right?
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Should save you a few
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By the way..
Some of you might remember that I use to have this problem (engine stalling when idle) occurring on no regular pattern.

The solution to my problem was..... changing petrol station!!!!
I always try to use ONE petrol station. Cant really explain why. The one I was Using was EKO and now I m using a SHELL (normal 95 unleaded, no V-Power stuff).

This change as well as a carb cleaner did the job for me. The car hasn't stalled for about 2 months now
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Congratulations! Mine's at the garage today to get the oil leak done. I've also been in touch with BMC and think I can see a better way of mounting the CDA. I'll let you know how it all works out.
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Well, the garage replaced the plastic piece which sticks out of the top of the engine and has two pipes attached (one goes to the air intake for breathing and the other seems to recycle the oil).

Apparently the piece was cracked and once the engine was hot it was leaking oil. I'm not sure why that should impact the way the engine runs, but I took note of the comments above.

So, today it seems to be running much better, I've noticed that the engine doesn't brake as much as it used too and that it runs more smoothly in traffic jams.

Unfortunatly, it was miss-firing a bit this morning too. However, I think this is the after-effects of the steam clean it was given.

I'll give it a few more days and let you know.

Thanks to all those who've given their ideas on this,

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Well... mine went in yesterday for the variator (& they did the cambelt whilst in there) and even though it still needs a new pressure sensor (next week sometime) it is driving like an absolute dream! I hadn't noticed how noisy and sluggish it had become over time and now it's like a new car. I can actually hear the exhaust note over the engine and I'm well happy (especially as Fiat picked up the tab)
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Re: Barchetta Hunting on idle

Well it's been a few weeks now and some of the symptoms have started to come back.

I think number one spark plug has a tendency to accumulate moisture around the top of the plug. Neither I nor the garage can see how, but I'm going to have a look again this weekend.

I've also got to buy an 8mm spanner as someone "borrowed" mine :-)
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