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Changed Discs & Pads

Last week's annual service prompted me to change my front discs and pads sooner rather than later and risk MOT advisory or even failure during December, when the weather could be even worse than now. Also, Vospers (Alfa) were "offering" to do the job for 380. Thankyou but no way! After much research and pondering I selected a set of drilled and grooved MTEC Rotors and Mintex Pads for 92. I had all the tools except a breaker bar which I bought for 17 (when the last 19mm nut would not budge using a standard bar and hollow wheel wrench) and watched a number of You Tube videos guides. Yesterday was a perfect, warm and sunny day and a few hours later I had completed the job, done and dusted. After the test drive I am still alive and the pads are now bedding in nicely, with no squeals, judders or vibrations, spot on.

I am pretty chuffed with myself as it was initially quite a daunting task but a combination of Wheeler Dealers, Google, Alfa Owner and You Tube gave me the confidence to not just have a go but do it thoroughly and properly to avoid any problems. I really enjoyed it and have learned much about such tasks and my own abilities, as well as saving a wedge of cash.
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Changed Discs & Pads

Last week's annual service prompted me to change my front discs and pads sooner rather than later and risk MOT advisory or even failure during December, when the weather could be even worse than now. Also, Vospers (Alfa) were "offering" to do the job for 380. Thankyou but no way! After much research and pondering I selected a set of drilled and grooved MTEC Rotors and Mintex Pads for 92. I had all the tools except a breaker bar which I bought for 17 (when the last 19mm nut would not budge using a standard bar and hollow wheel wrench) and watched a number of You Tube videos guides. Yesterday was a perfect, warm and sunny day and a few hours later I had completed the job, done and dusted. After the test drive I am still alive and the pads are now bedding in nicely, with no squeals, judders or vibrations, spot on.

I am pretty chuffed with myself as it was initially quite a daunting task but a combination of Wheeler Dealers, Google, Alfa Owner and You Tube gave me the confidence to not just have a go but do it thoroughly and properly to avoid any problems. I really enjoyed it and have learned much about such tasks and my own abilities, as well as saving a wedge of cash.
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Yes, it's quite satisfying when you get it done yourself, but daunting the first time. Well done. Now you've got some spare cash to spend on something else!
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Re-fitted my headlights after they were converted to black mask and projectors, a great job done by Markyb1986.
Washed and polished it then went to Deene Park MITCAR, a great day out and good to meet JabawokJayUK and his highly modded 159
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This time I can't blame it on anyone else

I took the long way home last night and something in the gearbox kersploded all over the roundabout at the M4/A33 junction. So today, what I did to my GTA was book it into the garage
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This time I can't blame it on anyone else

I took the long way home last night and something in the gearbox kersploded all over the roundabout at the M4/A33 junction. So today, what I did to my GTA was book it into the garage
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This time I can't blame it on anyone else

I took the long way home last night and something in the gearbox kersploded all over the roundabout at the M4/A33 junction. So today, what I did to my GTA was book it into the garage
Prepare yourself for a new gearbox and a Quaife diff!
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Well for the last month every day I have been trying (and trying.....) to resolve my p0220 fault code without and luck I know I need to remove connector block from behind glove box just can't locate the right connector!
I think it's time to book it into the garage n start preparing myself for the bill
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Picked up the GT from the in-laws driveway after being on Hol with them all for a week...

Good news - started first time (just.... little bit of spluttering and smoke...)

Bad news - definite grinding from the rear.. Idiot here left the handbrake on tight, parked on a nice secure private level gravel driveway... Got a new set of handbrake cables in the garage on my parts shelf waiting to go on, along with a set of nice braided brake hoses... Was gonna try and put off the brake overhaul until Christmas but I might be doing it sooner than planned if the grinding doesn't clear up after a nice long run on Monday morning to get it all good and hot!

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Thorough clean, and had my first go with AD Cherry Glaze...

Brilliant product! Goes on smooth, buffs off easily, leaves the paintwork looking a brilliant deep shiny black!

Managed to finish the last panel about 30 seconds after the lightest of rain showers started.. Perfect timing

Now for the bad points - cleaning and applying the Cherry Glaze has made it nice and obvious that I need to invest in some clay.. Finish looks lovely, but I can tell where it needs some decontamination!
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Typical, my wife never uses my 147, the first time in ages that she goes out in it, 5 miles in and I get a phone call: "the clutch has gone, it went bang, it won't work". I naturally think the worse, get a lift out to rescue it, and luckily just before I give up hope and ring the AA, I lean under the dash and see that its the clutch pin thats split. Quick tie wrap later and I'm driving home. Searching the forums it seems its a common problem, and one that was fixed with a recall. Mine's a 2001 car so it must have never had the upgraded pin?

Worst thing was, that evening the wiper linkage went too! Again, typical...now the wife doesn't "trust" the Alfa!
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Reverse buzzer is located OSR in the tailgate, behind the moldings.
Lift the rear hatch up and unscrew the trim moldings on the drivers side its black and has the diameter of a ping pong ball. Some of the electrical connectors for the sensors are attached to the OSR bumper right behind the rear wheel behind the fog lamp ( at least I think that's what they are).
odd mine is behind the trim panel nearside rear passenger compartment. i put some tape over it so it buzz as loud when the rear sensors **** up again.....
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Waxed half with K2 Carnuba , ran out of time for the other side - so that's next , oh then the alloys refurbed , then the off side drive shaft .....
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Typical, my wife never uses my 147, the first time in ages that she goes out in it, 5 miles in and I get a phone call: "the clutch has gone, it went bang, it won't work". I naturally think the worse, get a lift out to rescue it, and luckily just before I give up hope and ring the AA, I lean under the dash and see that its the clutch pin thats split. Quick tie wrap later and I'm driving home. Searching the forums it seems its a common problem, and one that was fixed with a recall. Mine's a 2001 car so it must have never had the upgraded pin?

Worst thing was, that evening the wiper linkage went too! Again, typical...now the wife doesn't "trust" the Alfa!
I am sure our Alfa's have moods...

I hear your pain with the clutch pin, i had one go on my first GT in the que for the ferry in Calais. Was on my knees in the cold rain, head in my footwell, using a french peg spring as a makeshift clutch pin. People going by me muttering "typical Alfa". I can laugh now, but at the time i wasn't..lol. Anyhow i made the ferry, was the last vehicle to board right behind the HGV's.. I always keep a spare pin in my GT now in a black mini alfa bag.

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On Sunday I broke down in my 156 SW, for the first time in 18 months she let me down. I had just left Silverstone, a few Alfa's went by me and then I started to smell Diesel and my rear window was getting dirty. Pulled into a layby to have a look and sure enough I had a leak. A quick diagnosis and the fuel pipe from pump to engine the metal security ring had failed.

Greenflag sorted it out with a new pipe and I was on my way again..

Not so bad after all.

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Removed the naff rear boot spoiler at long last, so much nicer rear end now.
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