I just wanted to share with you a bizarre set of cirumstances I've experienced the past few days with my 4-year old 147 2.0TS.
On Saturday evening, as I reversed onto my driveway at the end of a 40 mile journey, my clutch pedal popped upwards (further than its top-end travel, then went to the floor). It was getting dark, so I thought this job would have to wait until Sunday morning.
The end of the rod which actuates the hydraulic piston for the clutch system had slid off the clutch pedal assembly. I couldn't initially see what had broken, but having spotted a small hole at the end of the shaft onto which the actuation rod fits, I thought I should be looking for a small pin in the footwell. Having removed the footrest (which acts as a nice collecting area for anything kicking about in the footwell), I duly found the 2 halves of the pin. To tied me over until I could get a replacement from the dealer, I pushed one piece of the pin into the hole ..... and prayed, because the following day I was about to embark on a few days holiday, which would involve driving the best part of 1,000 miles
Monday morning, set off on the first leg of my holiday. After a few miles, I get on the dual carriageway, click on the cruise control ..... nothing. The cruise control wouldn't engage. The prospect of performing the amount of driving I was embarking on without the aid of cruise didn't fill me with glee. At my first break, I checked the fuse, but it looked OK. I rang my dealer and ordered a new retaining pin for the clutch pedal. Whilst driving I started to think about the cruise control/clutch pedal scenario, i.e. that the cruise needs to see the clutch pedal position in order to function, and wondered if the retaining pin and cruise failure were related.
I'll skip the next 4 days of my mini-holiday, but thanks for asking, I did have a good time.
Collected the new clutch pedal pin Thursday afternoon, and having fitted it, started to look for the clutch pedal position sensor (not surprisingly mounted at the top of the pedal box) and noticed that it was stuck at the top end of its travel, i.e. the piece sticking out the end that should move wasn't moving!
Assuming that this was going to mean a new sensor was required, I thought nothing to lose, grapped some thin-nosed pliers and gave it a jank downwards. Hey presto, the sensor now moved.
Took the car for a quick spin around the neighbourhood, set the cruise at 30mph. Worked fine. Not only did it work fine, but within half a mile of my house I stumbled across a "mobile safety camera" van. I have never before seen one of these on our housing estate. If I had not had the cruise engaged, I can't guarantee I would have been within the statutory limit .....
I appreciate 0.00000001% of Alfa owners are likely to experience these failures, but I wanted to share this experience with you because whilst I spent the past 4 days cursing the car, it feels great when you work through the problem yourself and get a result.