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MOT Failure

Just had my MOT on the 145. Emissions fine, steering and suspension fine, brakes fine, lights etc fine. Failed on the dreaded rear brake pipes! Excessively corroded and will need replacing. Trouble is it involves removing the petrol tank to replace them and have been quoted 250 by a specialist for the work!

Its not much to keep a 1998 cloverleaf on the road for another 12 months I suppose?
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taking the tank out is easy (as long as you do not smoke) only held on with four bolts

buy the pipes from Alfa and you will not have to worry about bending to fit etc etc, will fit first time, much more straight forward.

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Where's the specialist?
I been reading a few threads from us jacks now...
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250.00 to go through a M.O.T. is what I call "a good result" but not as good as mine!

Last year I had to replace 2 rear indicator bulbs (not orange enough), this year one rear wheel bearing.
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Fella... get the pipes from Alfa... they're pre-shaped so a good starting point.

Loosen the tank and let it drop a bit.. but support it with a jack or something.

Tape the long end of the new pipe to the shaped end of the old pipe and then pull the old pipe forwards, dragging the new pipe with it.

You have to help the new pipe round some corners etc.. but if you find some old plastic bags and make a sheath for the new pipe, it will help it not get scratched to buggery by any corners etc. I managed to do my uncle's Punto like that... the pipe is bendy enough to make it round some of the corners.. but be very careful obviously, not to kink it.

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I remember when a guy with a bmw came in to me and said he has been quoted 500 to replace brake pipes as they run above the tank and the exhausts have to be removed to drop the tank. I did the job for 75 as the pipes above the tank are seldom corroded being shielded by the tank and you can make brake pipes to connect to the existing brake pipe cutting out the corroded section.Whilst its only food for thought the brake pipes can also run in a different safe place to the original set up.
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