I have a quick question that I am hoping someone here can help me answer
Picture this if you will, I have a 2.4Jtdm Brera 2008MY with 25k miles on the clock. I had a squeak coming from my drivers side front brake when warm that was starting to get rather annoying, so I thought I would take the pads out this weekend and clean and copper grease them.
I knew that the pins would be a problem so I bought a new set from brakeparts.co.uk and prepared myself for what I thought would be a slightly tricky but not too bad task.
So, I tried to knock out the pins, failing miserably. After much trying of hitting, mole grips etc, I decided to cut them and got half out, but had a real problem getting the end with the compression ring on it out, an absolute nightmare. Eventually I got them out, then I thought it would just be a case of pads out, simple clean up, grease and pads back in.
Oh no, not this car ... one of the pads was seized in hard, plus it had a crack in it, which I think is what it creating the squeak, so I had to get it out. I tried various ways to pull it out etc, but to no effect.
Ok,so I need to remove the calliper, undid the two star bolts and then went to disconnect the 6" solid brake pipe that goes from the strut to the calliper. As I tried unscrewing the pipe that too had seized, and as I undid it, the pipe started to twist and bend as well.
So, rather than damage the pipe further, I've put it back together in a semi-sorted state (still with a seized cracked pad) and decided to get some new pads and replacement solid pipes for the callipers. The problem is, Alfa don't seem to stock these pipes anywhere and without a replacement pipe, If I try to remove the existing pipe and it breaks, I'm screwed
So, does anyone know what size this pipe is and the size of the end fittings. I've seen numerous brake pipe kits around on ebay, which contain 3/16 size copper pipe and 10mm male brake fittings and flange tools and I wondered if this little pipe is a standard brake pipe, i.e. a 10mm pipe ... ?
In which case, rather than trying to chase Alfa parts departments everywhere only to be told that they don't have them in stock, I can buy one of these kits and do it myself ....
Any thoughts .... help