Need some advice on the brake compensator on a phase 1 Spider - this is the early version with the big spring. Car was due for MOT tonight but i wasn't getting any sort of a hard pedal, no matter how much I bled it. Also, there wasn't much braking force happening - if I braked it took a long time to stop and there was a lot of pedal travel. However, if I reversed fast and braked, the car stopped on a sixpence, pretty much - very impressive.
Took the car to my local garage - not an Alfa specialist - and after a lot of sucking of teeth the compensator was judged to be faulty. He recommended a new one be fitted. Otherwise, he suggested a heavy weight in the boot which might help bump up the brake efficiency a little.
Not having the dosh right now, I thought I'd have a look at the compensator myself. And it's not a complicated bit of kit, after all. Took me two seconds to discover that the spring had stretched and wasn't holding the lever against the pistons. Now, and here's where I need the advice - the adjustment plates were seized to each other and I didn't have time to free them up. But, the other end of the spring (frontwards) is attached to a lever which is on a bracket clamped to the ARB by means of a simple pinch bolt. It took less than a minute to undo the pinchbolt, adjust the lever to take up the slack on the spring, tighten it up and bobs yer aunties live in lover. So the car flew through the MOT, no worries, brakes are fine.
I just wondered whether I could leave that lever as it is, or should I work at freeing up teh adjustment plates, and adjust it at the compensator end? Anyone had any experience on that?
and BTW I'll be phoning the garage on Monday morning to let them have a gentle briefing...