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On Friday, my Brera had a full service, including new spark plugs & a new wheel bearing on the front near side to cure the droning noise present since I had my little off.

All good except one of the hoses to the plenum / intake wouldn't come off (see other thread) & the new bearing is so very quiet I can now hear the drivers side rumbling

On Saturday, gave her a thorough clean & today she got rested as we went out in the S4
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No mate. Trying somewhere new & very impressed. Local too, in Gorseinon
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No mate. Trying somewhere new & very impressed. Local too, in Gorseinon
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Contemplated divorce.........


Picked the wife up (daughter already in the front) and as she got into the back, she slammed the door, hard. It made a noise I didn't like, and I thought, hmmm that sounds expensive. The windows were down so immediately she started to complain about high velocity winds equivalent to a hurricane of some sort and wound up the window.

All seemed fine.....

After dropping her off I wound back down my windows and the one in the door she slammed made a noise like it was stripping plastic / metal and dropped way lower than it should. It wound back up ok, but that was that, no longer would it move

I stripped the door and had a look.....

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And then I saw this:

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Great.... the wires are so mangled they wont go back on the spool. So that's going to need a new mechanism then. FFS.

I have no spare time to do this job so its just going to have to go to the garage to have it sorted next week. I have literally tied off one of the cables to hold the window in place but its by no means a fix, just a temporary bodge.

**** Update ****
I found the regulator as a complete assembly on Alfaworkshop so ordered it on a next day. I will have to make time to do it I guess. 100 touch though
SWMBO has a habit of shutting my doors like an upset Vinnie Jones too.
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SWMBO has a habit of shutting my doors like an upset Vinnie Jones too.
Made me laugh only because everyone does that with my car, I had an Audi before this one and you could have blown those doors shut but no, everyone has to try and dismantle my eardrums slamming the doors.
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Fixed the R/H rear window mechanism!

Was an easier job than I thought, and only took an hour all in.

What came out:
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Thanks to the folks @ alfaworkshop.com registered by UK2 for getting the parts in the post first thing Monday so I got them today with no hassle. Was about 97 delivered but I now see on their site its up to 154 with a 7-14 day lead time!!!! I can only assume I had the last one they had!
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Got nice fresh rubber fitted at all 4 corners ready for the bad weather. Old tyres were worn down to the markers.
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Heh, well, we'll see on Monday!!
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Changed annoying bleep to silent when remote locking doors - thanks to forum, great mod
Cleaned brake pedal sensor so that I now get cruise control each drive (was intermittent) - thanks to forum again
Hope to clean her tomorrow night - so I can stand back and smile and the beautiful lines
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Today is the day. Have today and tomorrow off work so not pressured. Going to try to breathe a new lease of life into my tired and very leaky inlet manifold.
Swirl flap removal here we go!

Step 1 : putting the kettle on, Then we'll see how it goes.
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Picked up the car on Wednesday. Since then it has had:

Wheel alignment
Oil and filter change
Pollen filter change
Air con re-gas
New front brake discs, pads and fluid
A bloody good clean
DPF 'adaptation', EGR blank and Angel-Tuning re-map.
Next week:
Glow plugs, Air filter and MAP sensor.

Short term:
Paint correction
Wheel refurbish
Extensive sound proofing
New Head unit & Speakers & custom sub enclosure.

Going to be a busy Autumn
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Update, deflap kit installed yesterday, needed to let everything cure/seal overnight, so this morning had a short test drive, then got on with sorting out the undertray mounting points, drilled and re-tapped where old bolts had sheared. Given the subframe a coat of Hammerite as well as I'm not too happy with how it was looking. All in all very happy, a few more jobs ticked off.
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Finally got round to fitting my new brakes, disks and pads.
No more squealing for this owner! Just need to let them bed in now over next 2-300 mile
They look the part too...
Fitted Mtec gold edition disks with EBC Black Stuff pads
(Since updating my iPad to iOS8 I can't upload a picture, the page just goes blank!)


Also replaced the upper wishbone on driver side, and what a difference it's made to the feel of the steering! The ball joint was completely shot but now feels good...
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Update, deflap kit installed yesterday, needed to let everything cure/seal overnight, so this morning had a short test drive, then got on with sorting out the undertray mounting points, drilled and re-tapped where old bolts had sheared. Given the subframe a coat of Hammerite as well as I'm not too happy with how it was looking. All in all very happy, a few more jobs ticked off.
Can you do the de swirl mod in situ??? Or was it a disassemble job???
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Fitted Mtec gold edition disks with EBC Black Stuff pads
Black Stuff? you mean Blue stuff?

What do you think of them, and what model numbers did you use as I can't get the pad selector sites to show me anything other than Red Stuff for the 2.4?
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Can you do the de swirl mod in situ??? Or was it a disassemble job???
I wish it was an in-situ job, but unfortunately no. Needed to remove inlet manifold completely, I did have a lot of help from a local mechanic, not too bad a job in the end, but on my own it would have taken a lot longer.

Is it worth it? Absolutely!!! I went for a blast up the A1 to get a coffee today, several horses have found their way back under the bonnet, no issues low end, and already see an mpg gain.
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Have you rebooted it by holding down the top button until the Apple logo appears? My dad's lost sound until he did that and it was fine afterwards. There are some parts of the software that need that.
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Well couldn't help myself. Fitted a Drake Box to my 159 wagon, set on level 9, took it for a test drive.
What a difference, had to reset it on line level 5 as the engine light came on. Still runs great on level 5, may play a bit more tomorrow and test the the settings. Amazing increase in power!
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Drove the car in the first time in just over a week - lovley

Also, the second wheel bearing arrived (the near side is now so quiet you can hear the offside) and the servo to plenum / inlet manifold pipe that wouldn't come off when the plugs got changed is on order.
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Well couldn't help myself. Fitted a Drake Box to my 159 wagon, set on level 9, took it for a test drive.
What a difference, had to reset it on line level 5 as the engine light came on. Still runs great on level 5, may play a bit more tomorrow and test the the settings. Amazing increase in power!
After reading this post it's got me searchin the forums. Looks like an interesting but of kit. After originally wanting a remap I was put off by the potential gearbox issues with the extra power. Having this with the option to change settings maybe the answer!

I think I read somewhere you can get a wireless remote to change the settings from the car. Did you get that?
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Collected it from the dealer....just bought a 159 JTDm saloon.....because the 156 V6 is still broke and will be for some time. It will be sold, when repaired.
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