Thanks Lads. This indeed was the problem. All fixed now.
Im starting to be of the opinion these days that the Alfa 155 is no where neer as riddled with problems as we would be made to believe. Starting to wonder about my decision to get rid of it, still deposits payed on new motor now.
Regarding electrics. Well actually have had a few problems dispite what said above but this is first one that took more than an hour for me to work out and fix. I mean look at the fan, I had a Chrysler Avenger that developped a fan fault once, would have had to remove whole dash to fix loose blade on fan, never did it too much work. Alfa 155 Fan easily accessable, (for a fan). Components prone to failure all easily removable (OK dificult to locate without manual or advice.) but easy to replace. My headlight washers packed in once. suspected wiring fault non of the kind. Timer cut out relay switch was jiggered, 5 minutes to relace it. Door mirror electric stopped working, took it apart found its only like 2 little scalectrix motors in there. Bit of sewing machine oil on the motors and some grease around the gearing and all fixed. Oh as this topic was discussed the mirror glass has a round plastic clip on the back you can lift glass out after you have unclipped it all the way around. you can help clip off with a very thin screwdriver as you move mirror around. mirror shell held on by only one little screw on inside top corner behind mirror. can be removd without taking glass out. bit hard to get in with glass still inplace without good magnetic screwdriver.
Mirror elecric workings, very very simple just open it and see, service motors. (Sewing machine oil better than 3 in 1)
Dash lights packed in, actually started flashing on and off. Oh no this must be dodgey wiring loom I thought. Investigate and bulb had actually gone
but filament was still making ocasional contact inside bulb. 95p job. Brothers Citroen ZX when his dash lights packed in they were of such a weird and stupid design encased in bespoke Citroen plastic twist in screw even the Citroen garage didnt stock them. Also talking of Citroens
on some models they actually have the smart idea of making every wire on the car grey so you aint got a clue whats what.
Moving away from Electrics. Changed my own disks
6 months back. From what I remember of same job on an Austin Metro, last time I did this , a job I did for a friend. Metro was far harder to get the pads in. As for the VW camper van I owned. You need to apply 260Lb/ft to the nut on the back axel to tighten the drums back on. Imagine what a ******* they were for me to get off.
Anyway its such a good thing this site is here because we are led to believe these problems with Alfas are impossible to fix and thats what makes them bad cars. With the knowledge base were building up here these problems aren't so bad at all.