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The wagon passed its MOT yesterday. It needed a new rear tyre but as I was already aware of that
I had a couple of Kuhmo's waiting in the boot. The rear end is a lot quieter and some vibration from the rear has gone since taking off the worn Pirelli P zero's. The Kuhmo's seem much better
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My Chipex kit arrived today, so if the sun continues I'll be out at the weekend touching up the scratches from the previous owner. BUT the main thing I've done is fix my left-channel audio and now have fully working sound in my GT. I never thought I'd get there.

So I've spent another 10 minutes today installing my Denison Gateway Bluetooth unit as well. For only 99 it means I now have a fully functioning hands-free system AND all of the music I want streamed over BT.

(Now to see if I can't polish out the scuffs on my wheels ;p)
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Tried removing my pedals to fit Phil's new pedal studs..********... simplest job to do...but a few of my pedal screws are head rounded and could i bat in hell find my 7mm small spanner...!!!

Managed to get the accelerator pedal off, will have to purchase a new 7mm spanner tomorrow for the top bolts as the screw head threads are toast. And not because of me either..Bloody italian ****e metal strikes again..

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Tried removing my pedals to fit Phil's new pedal studs..********... simplest job to do...but a few of my pedal screws are head rounded and could i bat in hell find my 7mm small spanner...!!!

Managed to get the accelerator pedal off, will have to purchase a new 7mm spanner tomorrow for the top bolts as the screw head threads are toast. And not because of me either..Bloody italian ****e metal strikes again..

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Are you using hex or torx bit to hold the heads?

I found that a 2.5mm hex just made things worse, but torx (T10 or T15) fit nicely and gripped well.
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Fitted an Mtech short shifter today. Quick , easy job ( adjusted and greased as Alfadoit said ). Good results, gear change is much better.
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Are you using hex or torx bit to hold the heads?

I found that a 2.5mm hex just made things worse, but torx (T10 or T15) fit nicely and gripped well.
Cheers, to be honest Ed the threads were pretty worn but a hex worked fine. Found a 7mm spanner in the end. Happy days rubber aussie nipples now fitted. So this is what a new GT feels underfoot.

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After a long afternoon rolling around under my car I have finally done installed parrot hands free and a new head unit, 4cv joints, lower engine mount and two upper arms, fitted two new tyres and sending the old girl in for a 4way tracking. And two of the most awkward sidelight bulbs ever made
Only the rest of the car to fix now.
I didn't realise that these cars start getting newer the older they get because mine is full of shiny new parts now.
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Oil, oil filter, fuel filter, and air filter again today..

Can whip through that lot in no time now

Wimped out at the Aux belt though... Gave it all a good look and didn't fancy fighting it in the wind/rain.... It all looks in good nick, and there's no worrying squeaks from that end of the engine (yet!)... Best left alone for now I think...
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Drove to heathrow for my work flight to Miami. Although she was filthy, she felt and sounded awesome. Having gotten used to her being so vocal now ,since the full wizard system. I could never go back to how she was before. I love hearing what her engine is doing. And the chuff of the wastegate. Plus when i accelerate..She sounds brutal. Its given the car so much character and i love it.

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Purchased a room full of stuff.

Pedal rubbers
Oil fill cap
Clutch and flywheel
Samco hoses (both)
Cruise control and cowl (retro fit)
Service kit (full)
Timing belt kit inc pump
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It's a rebuild, near as damn it
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Trying to figure out my power loss issue🤓

The Alfa Gt has no punch between 2000-3500rpm the story so far:

Checked the air filter, knackered replaced with a K&N panel - slight improvement

Millers injector cleaner added and used the existing fuel supply - more of an improvement

Refilled at a different petrol station - not much difference

So took it round to my local garage, Schofields- they plugged in the Diagnostic device - error p04101.

I've read a few posts and ordered an egr blanking plate to see if that fixes it.

Wish me luck
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My morning...



Quick recovery ride over to Loz in Bournemouth, found the water sensor cracked and filling the wiring and general rear of the engine bay with diesel... Managed to pump out half a tank between Exeter and Bristol without the gauge ever indicating it was empty... In fact it was still showing 1/4 of a tank by the time it was in Bournemouth...

Must have just managed to crack the sensor when I re-fitted yesterday, but not enough to notice as it looked fine when we took it out today... Only really knew it was knackered when Loz tried re-fitting it and it completely fell apart!

Big thanks to Loz for sorting me out after an unplanned visit! Top quality service as always!
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Not fun at any time of the year but even less so recently. Am I right in saying that this was the water-in-fuel sensor which let go? Happened to me, thankfully during summer, windows down and thinking: "There's an awfully strong smell of diesel in here." Worryingly it was dripping directly on the exhaust pipe on a very hot day.

Hope you get it fixed.

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Geez Ed sounds like a nightmare bud.. Glad good old Loz managed to sort you out. Thank god for excellent Alfa specialists eh..

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Not fun at any time of the year but even less so recently. Am I right in saying that this was the water-in-fuel sensor which let go? Happened to me, thankfully during summer, windows down and thinking: "There's an awfully strong smell of diesel in here." Worryingly it was dripping directly on the exhaust pipe on a very hot day.

Hope you get it fixed.

Yep that's the one! Must have just been cracked enough to let the fuel spill out, but looked absolutely fine on first inspection... Only when it completely fell apart and was found to be saturated inside and out did we figure it out... Got the white plastic bung from a new filter in at the moment, so running without the sensor completely... Have got a replacement one in the post though, so shouldn't be without it for too long!

Oh and that white bung, going in the glove box just in case

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Geez Ed sounds like a nightmare bud.. Glad good old Loz managed to sort you out. Thank god for excellent Alfa specialists eh..

Damien.
Yea had a bit of a crappy weekend with the GT! Friday I got let down by the guy I was gonna buy the alloys from, Friday night the garage wall jumped out at me and I scuffed the bumper, and Monday she decided to drop all the fuel! These things happen in three's though, so that's it over with I hope

When all was said and done, it was actually a pretty simple problem and a simple fix.. Quick blast down with the steam jet and the dieselly mess was almost all cleaned up and I was on the way again! A slight whiff of fuel from it this morning, but no fresh drips anywhere... I think it's just the remnants of what's coated the undertray and cabin floor.. Extra rust protection I reckon

Also picked up a new high capacity battery from Loz whilst I was there, and couldn't believe how much better it started this morning.. Didn't think my old battery was undersized or in poor condition, but after hearing it fire up this morning I think I was about due for a new one!
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@ the Editor - Loz is a top lad. helped us out no end whenever he could with the Spider

Finally got to the bottom of the turbo issues. Somehow a perished pipe had been missed. Now It's firing like a good'un.
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Do you ever wish you hadn't started?

Decided to spruce the old girl up, showing too many signs of age and her 145k miles.

Going in for a full respray and to keep costs down am doing the donkey work removing lights, door handles, mirrors, grilles, windscreen seal, aerial and anything else I can take off.

Reached the 'wish I hadn't started this' point today.

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Bloody rear bumper torx bolts are rusted and can't shift 4 of them (3 inside and 1 on the slam panel is just turning) but managed to get the sensors and lights off, probably be a darn site harder getting them back on.

Ah well, it's a good job I love it.

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Tie wrapped the damn connector for Injector 3 on to stop a misfire, wiring repair kit now ordered!
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Gave her a quick wash and applied my silver AO stickers to the back windows. Didn't get chance to apply a good coating of super resin as the heavens opened.....but at least shes clean. Currently looking for a set of black wheel nuts to replace the rusty set. They all seem to be anodized though so they will probably fade. Guess I could just clean and paint the existing nuts.
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Decided to spruce the old girl up, showing too many signs of age and her 145k miles.

Going in for a full respray and to keep costs down am doing the donkey work removing lights, door handles, mirrors, grilles, windscreen seal, aerial and anything else I can take off.
How do the headlight washer covers come off? as my Gt will get a front end re-spray next year.
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Gave my GT a huge dollop of TLC today. After she has not been cleaned for 1 week 6 days 7 hours and 23 seconds.

3 stage body polish, wheels off polish and Brembo calipers cleaned and polished. Wizard tips polished.

Will soon be hopefully receiving my gorgeous new light weight wheels. Set of OZ superleggera's 19x8. They will need a refurb before they go on though. And will probably go with some new carbon OZ centre caps to match my new splitter when i fit it.. All for the new year hopefully.

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How do the headlight washer covers come off? as my Gt will get a front end re-spray next year.
The washers rise up out of the bumper by way of water pressure, no complicated electronics. You can get your fingernails under the covers and lift the assembly up. Grab the bit under the cover to hold it still then simply twist the cover off.

Downside is the assembly then drops below the level of the bumper by a cm or two, easy enough to pull it back up by grabbing with some long nose pliers, then pop the cover back on. I say that without having tried it yet, but I my mind that's the way to do it.

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The Saga continues!!!!!!!

EGR plate fitted and I was surprised at the state of the assemble when I removed it from the car, it was pretty much brand new.

Before I did this the stuttering between 2000-3500 is now a lot better but not how it was. I've also added some more Millers to try and get the old girl back to rude health.

Any ideas what I should try next?
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