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Stuck a new battery on mine this afternoon as the cold finally killed the old one , Its been stuggling for the last 2 winters but it started and summer arrived so never sorted it .



The old one was a MARELLI one so I presume it's the original , if so not bad as its 10 years old in January .
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Treated the mrs 147 to an oil and filters change before it goes to get new tyres and alignment done this afternoon.
Won't get much more ready for it's mot equivalent than that...
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Had the dreaded MCSF last night, on the GT. Warning light went off after 30 seconds or so.
Car ran fine..

Got codes this morning, and its pointing to the infamous cylinder 2 problems.
Had a spare coil, so fitted that.

Went for a spin, no difference whatsoever to last nights performance. Car's running fine.

I hate these gremlins
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New battery and ECU reset. I can probably convince myself that the car (GT JTS) is a bit more responsive now...


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What did I do to my 156 today? I changed the useless computer screen on the dash. It had the usual fault of working when cold then fading away as the car warmed up. A second-hand slimline screen has dine the trick. The only difficult bit was separating the wiring connector which is inaccessible. You can see it but reaching it and pulling it apart is tricky and involves lying with your head in the passenger foot-well and swearing a lot.
The screen now works fine, but why oh why does the rear offside window motor no longer function?? And for that matter, why has the horn stopped working? The relevant fuses seem to be intact.

Agggggh.
I added cruise control today and fixed the horn by accident! Also replaced the drivers door switch panel with one I refurbished.
A good day so far.....😄
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We drove home from Chester to Manchester with the damn driver's window stuck down.
I'd quite happily let it go currently. I'll get over it though. Damn Alfas
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Wifey and I almost finished doing the clutch change today...that bloody gearbox & Q2 diff is way too heavy for a one man one woman job so I had to split the g/box from the bellhousing and diff. Bell and diff went in first, then the box.
Everything's almost back in now, n/s d'shaft, cultch slave, gear cables, airbox, MAF, EGR, turbo hose, starter, g/box mountings, battery tray, fuse/relay box, exhaust.
Tomorrow I can finish up on the front suspension. I bent the tip of the ball-joint bolt on the lower wishbone , so I'll have to chop it off with an angle grinder, and I stripped half of the threads on the upper wishbone ball-joint bolt. I always eff something up, that's pretty much standard with me.
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Nothing - let down today. I was meant to be retro fitting original/OEM HID headlight units to my GT.
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Gave the GT & Brera a bloody good clean

Got to get the oil leak fixed as it's marking the drive I think it's gearbox......
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Removed accumulator from donor 147 selespeed to fit to poorly running 147 only to find same problem!!! suspect part from donor is us as well
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We drove home from Chester to Manchester with the damn driver's window stuck down.
I'd quite happily let it go currently. I'll get over it though. Damn Alfas
ordered a window switch from AutoLusso. Hope it's the faulty bit.
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passed MOT with just a few advisories.

Charged me 20 to cable-tie some wiring from my HIDs! But as the test was a groupon voucher for 15, I relented lol as I just wanted the magic piece of paper.
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passed MOT with just a few advisories.
Any lurking nasties on the advisory list? Or the usual stuff like tyre/brake wear..
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Any lurking nasties on the advisory list? Or the usual stuff like tyre/brake wear..
2 rear tyres, which is fair enough. Bit of corrosion on subframe - I guess a waxoyl treatment would stop that going any further.

I expected suspension issues, as they were an advisory last year, but not even a mention! Maybe it fixed itself
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dropped my alfa for an annual service (annual since I don't do more than 6-8K a year). It's a big one with all the filters and brake fluid to be replaced (plus they will read into the MCSF message, the one that doesn't affect driving after restart...)
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ordered a window switch from AutoLusso. Hope it's the faulty bit.
Replacement switch did not fix it. Damn.
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ordered boot struts from SGS engineering. should get them tomorrow

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Put a new battery on mine because it was cranking slower and slower in the cold. Got a Varta Silver Dynamic size 096 for 68.50 inc. delivery from Tayna.co.uk; excellent price and service (usual satisfied customer, no connection etc. disclaimer applies). Sounds like it cranks faster than it idles now
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ordered boot struts from SGS engineering. should get them tomorrow
Got my struts (a day later - bloody stupid TNT) and fitted them. Took about 2 minutes. very pleased with the result
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