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New clutch kit arrived yesterday and just waiting for the DMF (both genuine AR Valeo).

I'm going to do the job as a 'how to' so will take a bucket load of photos and write-up a guide to post on here. Much as I like working on the car, I don't enjoy jobs like this nearly as much because the car won't feel appreciably better at completion. It's more a case of maintaining a healthy status quo...

I've got a centre decat pipe gathering dust so may fit that while I'm underneath.
 

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Changed one side rear disc and pads, i expected to do both sides same time but a seized calliper foiled both happening today! Now I know why the person I bought it off left new set of rear pads in the boot, they obviously attempted it but couldnt compress the piston So gave up. Thank god for calliper press!
 

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Took my white 17" summer wheels in for refurb yesterday. Turns out two of them has to be straightened - thought it was only one. Either way, getting them back in time for summer season will be good. It just looks better on 17s than 16s.
 

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Swore and cursed at it whilst attempting to invoke the deamon spirit that controls the electric windows to close the passengers side window this morning...

I've had intermittent closing for the last few months, but nothing that was too severe... This morning it dropped, and never came back up... So after a chilly drive to work, I spent about 30 mins in the car park attempting all combinations of door open/closed, button pressed/released (passengers and drivers), ignition on/off, alarm on/off, that I could...

Eventually caved and broke out my laptop and ELM connector (handy that I keep it in the car and my work laptop has MES installed on it...) to find... No errors.

Manual actuation in MES caused the passengers window to open, but not to close. I got the "bleep" sound whenever I pressed the buttons (passengers and drivers), the passengers side window switch voltages registered perfectly in MES (5V at idle, 0V in close position, 2.5V in open position), but bugger all movement...

In my frustration I gave the drivers side door a whack... and the passengers side window shot up.... So, dodgy connection in the window control unit I reckon! The unit will be stripped, and cleaned with CRC contact cleaner... and if that doesn't work, new window control unit.
 

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Finally fixed my vdc error! Faulty relay in engine bay fuse box. Relay R7: https://fusesdiagram.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/EN-AlfaRomeo147-blok-kapot.jpg

I hope this eases someone’s pain in the future, it’s taken me 18 months and lots of part changes but was just a relay!

this fault throws weird errors in multiecuscan, mine was showing yaw sensor, plus occasional EBD and abs errors all of which were red herrings. R7 is also not listed as related to vdc but I’m assuming it’s stuck.

one upside, I have a nice parts bin for my car in the future!
 

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So, dodgy connection in the window control unit I reckon!
When mine was doing this the problem turned out to be with an aluminium connector inside the white plug on the harness (not the socket on the window control unit), it's the one that's permanently live, mine eventually corroded entirely away.
 

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When mine was doing this the problem turned out to be with an aluminium connector inside the white plug on the harness (not the socket on the window control unit), it's the one that's permanently live, mine eventually corroded entirely away.
Ahh OK, good to know.

I had an issue a while back with water not draining properly from my door after I sealed up some of the holes with a dynamat-knockoff, so moisture getting in behind the door card and causing havock in in the connectors is entirely possible. I'll have a proper look at the weeked if the weather holds... Who knows, I may even wash the car!
 

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Yep I’m resigned to my 147 gta only venturing out on dry days and very occasional drizzle. Looks great btw
Yes I paid for it to be cut and welded properly. It's the body shop my specialist recommends. They seem to have blended the paint pretty good too.

I should have garage Queen'ed my car sooner but better late than never I suppose!

That YT video where the guy drove the black SW 156 GTA in the rain made me cry a little :D
 

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Splicing the last 2 connectors to the CF2 wiring harness and finish off the Busso swap! I wanted to keep the CF3 interior, so a lot of modification needed to be made to the CF2 wiring harness, but it's all done now and I'm super happy with the result!
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Now on to the next thing, which is installing a standalone ECU, more wiring to be done YEY!:p
 

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Busy week-end...... Fitted new:

Clutch
DMF
Release bearing
Re-built both driveshafts with new boots
De-cored pre-cat

Will be writing a 'How To' for best way to remove gearbox and refit. That'll have to wait though because I'm not long home and need more beer!
 

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Today, on the 156v6 auto:
1. replaced an ABS sensor: I've found three different cable arrangements before I found the one that worked.
2. replaced the twinspark water tank that it's been using for over a year with a v6 one!

Now to find what is flattening the battery overnight.

Hoping to put it on the market next week! Feels like selling the children. :-(
 

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Few little jobs before I hand it over to Pud237 for its service:

1. Swap over the cracked interior light for a new one
2. Change the wipers. I never knew that genuine Alfa ones have a much nicer arm attachment... I'll be buying again...
3. Clean the interior (I know... I need to fix my bolster 😕)
4. A wash, rinse and a go over with the carnauba wax

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Had to use some parcel tape to prevent the lower grills in the bumper making a bid for freedom. Looks awful but does the job until i'm able to properly refix them in place. Not easy working on the car with no drive and a difficult to park in road.
 
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