As PKR (who is my hero) knows all too well Ive been struggling with a drivers window that will not drop on door open.
Seems the microswitch is not tripping and the window went up way too high when i got the car. Someone has been inside this door before and removed the waterproof trim which is annoying.
This is a great guide for windows and doors:
How To... Fix Wind Noise Issues on GTV/Spiders
These things seem like simple jobs... The old, 5 min job that takes days... LOL.
I started with trying to adjust the cam. Ended up starting a thread on here ( http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-...ml#post4848081
), moved onto accidentally trapping the switches in the bottom of the door and the window locked in the down position... Sigh... luckily they were fine... phew!
Whilst I was messing (I would love to have said 'fixing' but im not sure I was helping much!) with this, I found that I wasn't the first person into this door. The prev 'mechanic' (term used loosely, more like rock ape) had ripped off and chucked away the door plastic (its not the first time ive seen that happen, why oh why do mechanics do that, it's there for a reason!). There was also some dirt/foliage in the bottom of the door so the car had obviously been parked under a tree at some point. Cleaned all that out and opened up the holes again, and then sprayed on some nice spray wax to keep any moisture off the area, I remember all the rotten doors we used to have back in the day when I was buying old clunkers in the UK, always a shame to have rotten doors.
Also when the door card came off (its also been broken in a number of places where its been yanked off by the same mechanic i guess) I realised the inner door pull latch spring was broken. I tried to effect a repair with a spring I opened out, but after 20mins realised I should just buy an OEM one, its cheap enough. Ordered and fitted before the door went back together.
Whilst I had this all apart I figured I would upgrade the audio... the drivers speaker was missing anyway. Same mechanic perhaps? rather than a few screws left over he had a speaker and thought 'ahh well', mental.
Fitted a set of Infinity 605.cs I had from my old Subaru. oldies but goodies. The 6.25inch speakers needed small slots cutting in the door trims, but these are hidden when the grilles (that will need to be modified) go back on. Reemed out the tweeter hole to take the inifity units and it all looks good.
The radio fitted was a non original JVC unit which was black and looked bad in the console to my eyes. I actually had a nicer older unit in my cupboard which was silver so wasnt worried. however its always good to try things that are fitted as I/ had the face plate with the car... and...
It didn’t work. I did find that pressing the Display button brought it on for a few secs but that was all. People suggested it was a fault in the power feed, yet the fuse was fine so it was time to remove it. Easier said than done as I didn’t notice til much later on that the DPO had cable tied the radio cage to the under console bracket. So no amount of pulling on the radio (which was attached to the cage as the cage was not fully locked into the dash) would get it out.
DPO hadn’t wired up various parts of the radio including the live feed wire or any of the antenna leads. Obviously he could never used this as a radio even if he had power there. Mental.
Naturally… Everything was twisted wires and leccy tape… sigh…
I wanted to do this radio connection properly with a view to fitting better audio later on if I decided I needed it, and lets face it if you have a radio that works why fit it so it wont work LOL So I converted the large red permanent 12v feed to switched with this neat trick of swapping the dongle connection, see this link:
Took an age to find what the connections should be and then happened across a simple forum post where a former posted the following (reformatted below):
Red/Green = aerial,
Yellow/Black = signal from lights,
Blue/Red = permanent positive,
Red = permanent positive
Black = earth.
Red/Black = Left Front Pos,
White/Black = Left Front Neg,
Pink/Black = Right Front Pos,
Purple/Black = Right Front Neg,
Orange = Left Rear Pos,
Orange/White = Left Rear Neg,
Light Blue/Black = Right Rear Pos,
Light Blue = Right Rear Neg.
That was pretty much bang on for my car and once the radio was in I found I had the passenger and rear speaker running (the drivers was missing at that point of course).
The unit I fitted was my old JVC stereo from my Scooby I had in the UK. Its a KD-SH99R, one of the first MP3 playing CD units. I love this unit, it was top of the range back in the day and has a stainless facia etc.
I dont know if its standard but I had some kind of surround/plate thing that came with the car, which was black and i painted it silver metalic but didnt spray the clear and it matched the radio and the console pretty well.
When fitting I also did also fit the side light dim wire, worked perfectly too. Too cool.
Only thing that's strange is that the antenna extends when the ignition is switched on, then drops back. Then goes up again when the radio goes on and down when the radio goes off. So something isn’t right there… maybe the permanent feed has an issue... one to investigate another day...