Re: Any advice on fiting new brakes then?
a couple of lessons learned to share from when I did it a couple of months ago
1) looking at the Alfa workshop site, they prize the pads back so pushing the piston in, I did not like doing this as it puts lateral force against the disc and it may end up gouged. Instead I found it better, one the pins were removed, to put mole grips over the pad back and over the caliper body and gently squeeze the pistons in that way.
2) Do one pad at a time, as when you push one in, the other pops out, so just take one pad out, squeeze the caliper back, pop in the new then do the second one. Sometimes the second piston needs something to wedge it stop it coming out again, eg push in the top one, the bottom one comes out, screwdriver handle worked well.
3) The pad with the wear sensor on is sided, make sure you get it right or else the wire will be too short when you come to the second side and you will have to re-do the first side. There are arrows on the pads, they point to the direction of rotation, not pointing upwards as I thought. Sould be easy but I still messed up and the car pulled to one side a bit, swapped them over and it is now OK. Ooops
4) take the opportunity to clean the calipers so the Alfa Romeo script is visible
Overall I was surprised the existing pads had 4mm or so one as they brakes did not feel great, they were glazed but the stopping power feels better on my daughter Bravo with drums at the back and no ABS, lighter car obviously but I thought they were going to blow my mind away, they were genuine pads as well, so maybe the glazing had something to do with it. I'll report back on how the new pads are once bedded in.
So, easy job, not even a spanner needed once the wheel is off.