Alfa Romeo GT window problem solved & more!!!
Recently bought an Alfa GT 1.9 JTD quite cheaply as an economical daily driver.It had a few typical glitches,window drivers side stuck,broken passenger door handle,very very uneven tyre wear at back at inner edges,worn/rusty rear discs/pads,cosmetically very good for a high miler 04 reg with 120K,would pass for 40k as its business miles,not dinged anywhere,just few minor stone chips low down at the chin spoiler.
Thanks to the forum I tried everything with the window,the "reset" holding both window buttons down for a count of 10 then up,many times to no avail!
Tried disconnecting battery for 30 mins plus,tried that 3 times.Prior to this I did strip door down disconnected nodes/connectors and cleaned thoroughly.Disconnected and cleaned maybe 3 times,getting every Black/tarnish residue removed.
Finally slightly bent the male contacts,very carefully,to make sure of tight fit.
Tried direct connection of battery to test motor while window was up just created a spark,not a good idea!
Just about gave up,then shot some WD40 into the lock and for no reason window dropped 1/4 inch! Got into car and lowered window ok,but then remained stuck down,blast!!!
Next day tried the disconnect battery for 30 mins,followed by reset holding buttons down then up and this did the trick.That was a few weeks ago and all is still fine.
I thought it was worth posting this as the moral of the story is try,try again.
Handle was a challenge to fit,bought a used one just for the hinge.I had to use part of my own handle hinge as the one I bought was half broken,typical Fleabay sellers flogging rubbish.I managed to carefully remove hinge pins with gentle heat,take care as this alloy has a low melting point.I lubricated it well,stripped door down,had to remove glass,no question,would be impossible otherwise.All went back together fine and works as it should.
Fitted new discs and pads to rear,check alfa workshop guide,very useful.Not an impossible job but everything was a bit rusty down there and needed plenty of heat to shift bolts.Lots of care and patience required.
New tyres now fitted for back,just now waiting for new trailing arms as these need replacing (the rubber bushes were perished and caused the uneven tyre wear).I managed to source powerflex bushes for the hub end only,they don't make the bush for the other end that attaches to the body.
Any tips on fitting these??
I guess its best to remove while on axle stands and tighten up when lowered back on firm ground?
Oh yes managed to replace the little side light bulb,should be a 5 minute job on a normal car but no,had to remove the bumper and the light to get at it,stupid design!!!Who though of a thin plastic stick on the holder to remove bulb would last more than 5 minutes??
Bought Italian box super chip to boost power and economy,well worth £59,excellent!!Car goes like stink and returns 45mpg on average,thank god I read the owners comments and did not buy the 2.0 twinspark,Thankyou all!!
Getting new cambelt kit&water pump,better to be safe than sorry,even with all the work so far have a great car at a bargain price that should be good for a year or two.MOT due very soon,the joys of Alfa ownership,wish me luck!