I'm in the process of removing the alternator to fix the stuck pig sounding bearings
and to get to it I needed to remove the gearbox mounting which this was also bolted to
with nothing fixed to it I'm sure it is yet another superfluous part which won't be going back on again (more weight loss )
so, anyone have a clue what it's for?
It's hard to guess without a 'context' to the mounting, San
was it oriented vertically? Which bit was unused and waving about..?
I must say; the larger end looks like the under-tray mounting tabs for the rear-most side-positions, which go onto those flat box-sections under the front floor wells...
just had a look on ePer and it is a spurious exhaust bracket of some sort
Part No : 60620653 - BRACKET
though I can't see how it works
also in 146/155/156/GTV/Spider/GT and various Fiat/Lancias
No. 13 in above pic
it was mounted vertically and pointing backwards
I would say that was a turbocharger bracket.
oh- hangon? Is that on the alternator-side though?
and the diesel engine to go with it...!
I agree with Desperado that this bracket serves purpose. On my other car, not Alfa, there is similar mounting bracket. It was missing and exhaust header cracked after a while. My guess was do to lack of support for exhaust piping and extra vibrations
Just like Desperado is saying. This bracket supports the exhaust before the catalytic converter/first silencer and without it the axhaust will move more that it should and break apart the joint before the lambda is plugged in.
In the main hole goes a vulcanic rubber bushing that supports the handler of the exhaust, and if it's in a bad condition it should be replaced to avoid strange noises in the road.
I've have replaced it last week. It costs $25 on my country.
Which begs the question - do you even have the bracket at 14/15, San?
BTW, probably not helpful now - but it is also possible to take the alternator out from above by removing the air box.
Bit of an update.....
well the alternator is out and in bits but isn't able to be repaired...
which is probably why I couldn't find any parts or repair kits for it
so bought a second hand one for much cheepness
for those who have to do this job on a ally top phase 1 engine
make sure you have a second pair of hands to pry the engine block forward to create enough room to get the airbox and inlet manifold out...
you can't pry and pull at the same time!
once that's out of the way and the swearing has stopped just grab the alternator and take it out
hopefully I'll be able to start putting it back together next weekend (if it doesn't rain again )
Oh.. and I'll put the bracket back on and connect it to the exhaust as it should be
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