Time for some TLC
Well ive had a good 12 months with out having to spend a penny on my 156 and now after passing its mot my 54 plate Ti is in need of some love.
Having the famous (soft as butter) Ti alloys i now have 3 buckled wheels, not only that out of 4 tyres (12 months old), 3 of them now resemble the shape of a 50 pence coin, its not that easy to see this with the naked eye or while the car is parked up. But my mechanic assures me as he spins the wheels, the tyre actually moves up and down within the wheel arches ever so slightly.
On top of this i know that the threads on my wheel hub/flanges are screwed from having the wrong bolts in prior to me owning the car, my mechanic has replaced all bolts with Team Dynamics bolts over 12 months ago and says they are secure, but will need sorting, if over tightened now they will be shot.
So first things first... I obviously need new alloys including tyres, a four wheel alignment would be nice also etc... but while im at it id like to sort out the degraded threads on the wheel flanges but have no idea where to start, or how much this will cost. while digging around i have researched, and also now know that all wheel bearings will also need replacing.
Where is the best place to source the parts? I cant find the 'flanges' anywhere (if thats what they are called) Ive changed wheel bearings on past owned cars before but never the wheel hub/flange. im more than happy to have a go at this myself now the weather is getting better.
Again im in a quandry... my other option is to just get rid of the car (130k on the clock) 54plate... cant be worth more than £1500 at most and put the money towards a Breara or 159 maybe.
Anyway.... i have had tonnes of good advice off my fellow Alfa Owner club members in the past and im just running all this by you all before i jump in to anything.
I look forward to your thoughts... and any advice.
Over and out!