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Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: United Kingdom
Re: new alfa owner
Send me the chassis number and i'll tell you exactly when it was built, the colour engine variant and even trim level.
But now for the things to look for:
1: Lower wishbone bushes, worn bushes give you a knock and wandering direction, as they get worse the inside third of the tyre evaporates faster.
2: Diesel sound on start-up, if it clears after a few seconds then it's the variator starting to wear internally (yes, your car has one), if the noise stays you have a noisey tappet, a flush, oil and filter change normally quietens things down.
3: Cambelt, should be number 1 but I see you have another thread for it already, they are not the problem, it's the plastic tensioner, the belts will go over 90K miles, mine is proof, but I have a metal tensioner as is the only one sold nowadays, the recall did not include 145/146/155s so don't rely on a dealer to tell you of the new timings for change, 3 years or 36K whichever is soonest.
4: Rear swing arm bearings, these are starting to become an issue, there is a kit for replacing them, but to get the bolts out you have to be lucky or well equiped.
5: Front top mount bearings, when these go every bump on the road will sound like a bomb is going off in your footwell, a ***** of a job and not one for the faint hearted mechanic.
6: Drop links, again they knock on the bumps, but you can inspect these simply, if the rubber bushes (x4) are split, replace them, they're only pennies.
7: Jerky wipers, a sign that wiper motor failure is iminent, pick up a good'un on ebay for 50 sheets.
8: Side light bulbs, I don't know why but the 145 and 146 eat side light and number plate bulbs, I got narked with this fact and just fitted LEDs, job jobbed and not changed a bulb for 3 years.
9: Airbag light, damn those underseat cables, disconnect the battery, bend the pins in the plugs slightly and reset the light (you need diagnostics for that).
10: Clutch slave cylinder, getting difficult to select gear? Wet gearbox? Low brake fluid level? Pedal stays on the floor? You guessed it.