After 52k miles, I decided that it was maybe time to overhaul the brakes as the pads were beginning to look a bit threadbare. I had intended doing the job myself but a combination of some of the horror stories on here along with a 2-hour long unsuccessful 'trial run' at loosening one of the mounting bolts for the rear calipers resulted in my seeking professional help. So yesterday, I dropped the 159 off with Alfa 'indy' CP Garage Services in Dundee and came home in their free courtesy Panda. They were quite happy for me to supply all the parts and for them just to provide the labour - 3 hours at £48/hour as it turned out,
During that 3 hours, they fitted M-Tec drilled and grooved discs all round, Performance Friction pads (from Autolusso) on the front and Pagid (EuroCarParts) on the rear, braided hoses (also from Autolusso) all round and did a complete fluid change. They also freed-up a seized caliper on the O/S/R which explains the cringeworthy squeal from that corner when not on the brakes, the unmistakeable hot friction material stink after a long run and the somewhat disappointing increase in fuel consumption lately to an overall average of 23mpg from the previous 30(ish).
On the drive home today, it felt like a different car. A lot more eager to surge forward when the right foot was planted, no squealing, fuel consumption back to about 29-30 after a spirited cross-country blast, and no juddering under braking. In fact, talking of its stopping performance, it now feels like my face is going to fall off,
, compared to the mushiness of the past few months. I'm well pleased and now more concerned about the vehicle behind rather than the one in front,
A couple of pics of these new bad boys: