It's only gone and got itself an MOT at the first attempt!
1) The floaty idle has been partially cured by rummaging through Alfa Aid's box of plenum clips and applying them while the MOT was in progress (thanks guys....)
2) Proxi alignment done - this has cleared the flashing Odometer, and the window switches now light up - though the windows don't work. Wing mirrors do work. Big hint, if your OBD Key 1.4 does not connect, fiddle with the speed settings.
3) Front calipers are now spangly red, rather than manky red. This was much easier than I thought - the lacquer flakes off, leaving the matt paint underneath looking awful. A quick wipe with some cellulose and general clean up, along with the removal of the remaining lacquer (airline) and the caliper is an even matt red. Then a quick blow over with some transparent lacquer, job done.
4) Rear pads changed, the existing ones were shot.
5) The lower cambelt covers have been put on. This required the removal of the aux belt, which seemed difficult, but actually is very easy. 15 mm spanner on the tensioner wheel, lock off the tensioner with a nail, remove belt. Replacement is the reverse of removal as they say.
6) The remains of the wheel arch liners have been secured properly - they were loose and rubbing against the wheels. New ones on order.
7) VDC fixed by resetting the steering angle sensor, I was expecting it not to work as you have to be very precise with the "straight ahead" steering, but it has cleared.
Got tax, got insurance, and done 70 miles in it. Some thoughts:
- Maybe the gauge is fibbing, but it has used a LOT of petrol in 70 miles, and I'm driving like a granny running it in (3K rpm max). Normally Alfa gauges are very non linear, so the first 1/4 of a tank on the gauge is most of it. We'll see.
- The idle is occasionally wrong, as in 2000 rpm. Not sure about this. It is either wrong, or right (700), not floaty. I will give the throttle body a good clean. There is also a flat spot/hesitation at about 1800 rpm.
- The engine is a complete beast from 2500 up. It is taking a lot of self control to behave for the first few hundred miles.
- The chassis feels completely different to our 156. Much more planted and secure. On the downside, the ride is pretty atrocious. Very jiggly on B roads.
I have one question to GT (and probably 147) owners. The windows still don't work. They go up and down perfectly when I open the doors, but the switches do nothing. Before the proxi alignment they literally did nothing. Now you can hear relays clicking, and a beep from the dashboard, but no movement. I've tried the whole "10 sec down, 10 sec up" reset, but nothing has changed. Any ideas?