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Last night there was a light rain. Today, every car in the neighbourhood (and I'm guessing in Wales and Leicestershire, too) looks like this:
Same in deepest darkest Cornwall...how odd.
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Last night there was a light rain. Today, every car in the neighbourhood (and I'm guessing in Wales and Leicestershire, too) looks like this:
mine was in the garage ,luckily
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Decided to take the plunge and ordered a new rear windscreen. Quite a lot of the heating elements were damaged by the previous owner and it's affecting the radio when the demister is on. I had a go at fixing it, but it's just too badly damaged.

I tried a couple of Internet sites, but they won't ring me back so I took it to a local windscreen place and it's booked in for next week when I get back from Munich. They were charging the same price as the Internet quotes so I went for it.
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Yeah mine's covered in the same dust too, noticed it when I jacked the rear up trying to find out where the knocking noise is coming from. Felt sure it was a broken spring but it appears not, the search goes on.
Me too, hopefully the rain last night will have sorted it, otherwise it's the jet wash at work... Where abouts in Leicestershire are you ferret-ears.?
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Me too, hopefully the rain last night will have sorted it, otherwise it's the jet wash at work...
Washed what was a shinny car again, reason? see below.
Pic of the Sahara dust. Heard reports of overzealous jet/power washing can remove/lift the lacquer, so be careful.
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Fitted an HID kit, soooo much easier on a 159 than a 156, you can actually see the bulb retaining clips.
Fitted mudguards.
Wire wheeled all the rust off my 3month old Brembo discs, sprayed them. They look good, I like them.
Rubbed calipers down and relaquered them.
Sprayed heat shields behind discs silver aluminium, bad idea, it looks like I've got a poly bag stuck in the wheel arch. Will paint black.
Discovered a grating noise I don't like coming from around the CV joint.
Driven it for first time in 2 weeks, it's horrible, think the Missus has been playing tag with potholes. It's gone jangly like the old 156, saddening.

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Driven it for first time in 2 weeks, it's horrible, think the Missus has been playing tag with potholes. It's gone jangly like the old 156, saddening.
Check the fluid level in the Power Steering. I find that if mine drops even the slightest (couple of ml) the front end starts to feel really rough and shaky and not at all smooth or refined. top it up and see if it makes a difference.
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this is what ive bin upto in out resent hot weather, blacked out grill and headlight surrounds, de-badged, fitted new sony stereo, and new gaiters, next is exhaust tip, so if anyone knows anyone selling one please let me know
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Fitted an HID kit, soooo much easier on a 159 than a 156, you can actually see the bulb retaining clips.
Fitted mudguards.
Wire wheeled all the rust off my 3month old Brembo discs, sprayed them. They look good, I like them.
Rubbed calipers down and relaquered them.
Sprayed heat shields behind discs silver aluminium, bad idea, it looks like I've got a poly bag stuck in the wheel arch. Will paint black.
Discovered a grating noise I don't like coming from around the CV joint.
Driven it for first time in 2 weeks, it's horrible, think the Missus has been playing tag with potholes. It's gone jangly like the old 156, saddening.
Hey alcooker, what did you use to relaquer the brake calipers? I had a chunk of clear material fall off while I was cleaning the front RHS one with a toothbrush!
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Check the fluid level in the Power Steering. I find that if mine drops even the slightest (couple of ml) the front end starts to feel really rough and shaky and not at all smooth or refined. top it up and see if it makes a difference.
Well I just checked the fluid and in fact it's about 3mm below MIN, it's a sort of yellowy colour so will see what brand the manual recommends and top up. Must admit, I'm gonna have to fight to keep this car, Missus really doesn't like driving it and she's in it 90% of the time, hopefully my visit to Gus on the 17th will make it more appealing to her, because I must admit, even I still struggle to find the right gear around town.

Merlin- I used this Car Paint from AutoPaint St Helens - 500ML PROXL LACQUER (Powered by CubeCart) also used it on my GT's calipers and they're still fine. Just use your finger nail or a plastic scraper to get the peeling laquer off and rub gently with fine wet and dry.
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Parafined the lower half of body, clay barred the whole thing, coat of Poorboys black hole polish and a coat of Natty's blue wax. Looks gleaming, ready for it to rain and dump sand all over the car.

Topped up power steering and had my Pilot Sport 3's fitted, crikey these are such good tyres, so good in fact that I went around a bend quite rapidly, heard a crack, had a crap. Pulled up and hopefully it was just the fact the garage hadn't particularly tightened the wheel bolts up.

Thought about what I could replace it with that would keep my wife happy, decided there's nothing, so she's gonna have to get used to it.
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There's nothing that stands out to replace a 159 with

On mine today I've changed 3 of the LEDs in the window control panel in the drivers armrest. Daft little job that's been bugging me since I got the car!
Just to be all revolutionary like, I've put green ones in for the rear window switches.
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Fitted 8 SMD LED rear number-plate light bulbs and now car is in the garage having the rear pads changed. The other day I had the rear windows all dark tinted.
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this is what ive bin upto in out resent hot weather, blacked out grill and headlight surrounds, de-badged, fitted new sony stereo, and new gaiters, next is exhaust tip, so if anyone knows anyone selling one please let me know
Liking the black front! I have a Black grille and Brera badge on my black car.
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cleaned ,polished and paint protection, ready for castle coombe tomorrow
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New lower wishbones fitted then did a bit of drilling Is good One happy missus too.
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Long drive yesterday. 80 miles the the rather excellent Alfaholics open day in Clevedon then 190 to Preston for the AROC Board meeting today. 27mpg
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Went for a supposedly short drive, then suddenly felt the "need for speed" and toke it to the motorway for a 20 minutes above 100mph anti stress therapy session
Suppose it re-gened the DPF as exhaust tip was clean and the final pan was emiting those caracteristic cracking sounds! Well, lets go and wash and clean it now.
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Dropped down to Autlolusso and had them put a blanking plate across my already deleted EGR. Normal service has been resumed! Power back so it was clearly part open which was making the burn dirty across the whole rev range given the ECU was not managing it being open or closed any more!

If you have an EGR delete and no blanking plate, get a blanking plate on it!

Popping back later in the week to have my de-cat pipe fitted to aid in turbo spool up.
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Good stuff. Do you know if the 1.9 & 2.4 blanking plates are the same?
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