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Most time and money wasted on fixing a fault on your Alfa

Now, all of us must have wasted time or money in misdiagnosing a fault in our cars (or having it misdiagnosed by a dealer). But who has wasted the most? I'll kick off with my entry.

For over 2 years the steering on my GT has been weirdly 'sticky', particularly when the engine is hot. I've had the car in for repair 5 times and in that time replaced 3 steering boxes, all the track rod ends, steering idler and various other components. The whole lot has probably cost me over 2k (I really dare not look at the bills) and I've not been able to properly enjoy the car for a couple of years. Last week it was finally diagnosed as ball joints, a 100 repair!

Moral of the story, use a decent specialist and always look at the cheapest solution first! I almost once replaced a gearbox, only to find the issue was a knocking exhaust, fixed for the price of an exhaust hanger.
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Quality!

My most recent expenditure-advenditure was buying a new Idle Control valve, since mine was knacked.

A Bosch doodah cost 230.. so I went for a quality replacment from Mystery Autoparts via eBay.. a bargain at 36. I fitted it ... and it didn't make much difference. The beast would now idle.. but it was an 'orrible too high to begin with.. finally settling at 1100rpm (too high) idle.

At least it proved my ICV was the problem (I hadn't been 100% sure enough to spend 230 on a new Bosch part).

I looked at my old one again. The inner rotary valve was all black and carboned up, so you couldn't even see it was metal and meant to rotate. The new one had at least shown me what the old one should look like inside.

Anyways I cleaned the beast carefully with WD40, Electrical contact cleaner, Sodium Hydroxide and a flamethrower.. and just put it back on the car, to see if if now worked.

It did! and much better than the mystery ICV from fleabay... so I left it on there. I guess as an exercise, spending that 36 to diagnose what was wrong with mine must be considered a good investment.. but still, it's now sitting un-used in its box and I can't help thinking I shoulda/coulda fixed the Bosch without having bought the other one...


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My 33 has problems with its speedometer, which is a reasonably common 33 thing. The issue has always been intermittent (as the speedo is electric), which has led to me thinking I've fixed it a few times over the years.
A specialist has replaced the sensor in the gearbox.
Another specialist has replaced a few components on the circuit board on the back of the instrument cluster.
I've replaced a few of the original plug connectors with new ones or directly soldered wires to circuit boards. I've cleaned connection points, had the cluster in and out enough that I've stripped a few screw threads, I've had the car up on axle stands and idling in top gear while I sit prodding speedo electrics..
And after years of living with this problem, I still haven't cracked it. The car will have logged less than 200km over its current tank of fuel, because the speedo drives the odometer. The odometer's missing thousands of kms. It's like the car knows an odometer reading of 333,333 might be the end of the road..
Throughout it all, repeatedly pressing the rear window demister button while driving along at a decent pace has been the best way to convince the speedo to work for a while. I take the car to testing stations where I know they don't test the speedo, and I know all common speed limits as a fuction of cruising gears and engine rpm..

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