Hello fellow alfisti,
I am told that my Alfa 147's steering pipe leaks (rust). As I want to avoid the 300 odd quid that a replacement at a garage will cost me, I decided to roll up my sleeves, buy the necessary equipment and attempt a salvage myself. As this is my first time, I am in desperate need of your help. Please bear with me if i sound thick!
I located the axle points for the stands. these points are very robust. However the 'jacking area' (of rectangular form, about 40cm from the wheel according to a website) was very unstable and when jacking (using a piece of wood as well) I felt like the jack is going to break through the car anytime. Is this common? it is a 2003 model with 80k on the counter so perhaps it is all rotten down there?
I jacked up the car nevertheless, put two stands and two wedges and went under. Scary when it is the first time
. As i am totally clueless I did not even manage to locate the pipe and the drawings on the 'e-learn' CD that came with my Alfa did not help (I do not have the printed documentation).
I have been told that either of these two options can be attempted depending on the severity of the leak: A) loads and loads and loads of gaffer tape around the rusted area. B) cut out the rusted bit, stick in a rubber hose and fix with jubilee clips. I thought I could try A and if no improvement, move onto B.
Your advice on jacking, your help in identifying the pipe and the best solution would be MOST appreciated. I am a novice who aspires to becoming like you guys and do the occasional repair at home!