Taking the GT back
to its homeland...
Join Date: Dec 2007
Cruise control switch on my GT
Looking for a bit of advice here.
Just before a European road trip a couple of weeks ago I took my GT to a local garage to see if they could grease-up the clutch pedal as it was squeaking.
The mechanic said he had done his best in greasing it but it would probably need a new cylinder to get rid of the squeaking, and it would be fine to drive on our trip.
Driving down the M6 at 6am on the first day of our trip, dashing for the ferry, and I switch cruise on and nothing happens.
I've looked through this forum and seen loads of comments on this type of problem. It sounds very much like what the guy has done is, having no knowledge of Alfas, got to the cylinder to squirt some grease in and the cruise control assembly has popped out.
I took it to a Swiss Alfa garage who said that is what happened but they couldn't replace the part as it is right hand drive.
So I spent the next two weeks and 3,000 miles without cruise - great when you've got shin splints.
In my view, this is clearly a case of the mechanic breaking the switch, as cruise has always worked perfectly well until he got his hands on the clutch.
I spoke to him this morning and he would try to source a switch. He has intimated that the switch must have been broken and I reckon he will come back today saying how much it will cost to repair
My stance is that because he is clearly to blame, either he fixes it free of charge, or we get it fixed and send the bill to him.
I don't want to come across as angry (I am extemely annoyed), but I want him to understand that it's his fault.
Can anyone offer any advice before I speak to him again?