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Anyone know of a Alfa Specialist in and around Oxford? Need to get my cam and tensioner belts changed. There is official dealer in Aylesbury but can imagine that they will charge a small fortune.

Anyone recently changed their rear pads and discs?, are the pistons in the rear calipers the screw in variety? ie. when retracting the pistons they have to be screwed in at the same time. Heard that you may need a special tool for this?

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Yes, the rear calipers have to be rotated clockwise while pushed in. You will knacker the internal ratchet for the handbrake if you don't, and that means a new caliper! (voice of experience speaking!).

You should be able to do it with the Sykes-Picavant brake windback tool available from Halfords, they're about 20.00.

Also, make sure that the sliding part of the caliper does just that, they have a tendancy to seize. I'd pull it apart even if it is moving, clean it up and put new grease in it, just to be on the safe side.

While you're down that end, check that the little boots on the handbrake cable are okay too, becasue these can freeze up in cold weather if moisture gets into the cable.

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It is possible to wind back the caliper with a G-clamp and a pair of waterpump pliers if you're careful

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disconnect the handbrake cable first.
then reconnect it after its all back together.
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I know this might be a bit late but try Alfa Aid based in Maidenhead (only 3/4 hour from Oxford) and is easy to get to. I don't know the number but would recommend them.

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