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Cheers, its not wandering just squealing more annoying than anything else.

 

Possibly a sticking rear calliper too.

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Smaky, how do you feel about whipping up a sway bar replacement guide for the 156?

 

No small task I know...

 

 

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Hi Smakey,

 

I don't like having to do this much, but I've written off my 156, :Broken Heart: so I have to strip it for worthwhile parts and need advice about dismantling lots of things... I managed to find the inertia switch for the fuel system and reset it, and ran the engine, so at least I know that is still ok, and the 'box seems to change fine too. My first question is, how the hell do I get the fuel out of it...? There's 3/4 tank of premium in there, but I can't get a syphon working... :Black Eye:

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Disconnect the pipe to the fuel rail, bridge the fuel RELAY, turn on the ignition and catch the fuel.

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Hi Smaky, please advise how to bridge the fuel relay. Firstly, which one is it, and secondly, which contacts to bridge... Cheers

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Hi Smaky, please advise how to bridge the fuel relay. Firstly, which one is it, and secondly, which contacts to bridge... Cheers

 

Due to the safety implications and the chance thatthe relay may have been moved around, I don't think that would be safe to show novices.

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I've done all my own mechanical work since 1982 on every car I've owned, including Austin, Standard, Triumph, Jaguar, BMW and Alfa Romeo, done mechanical maintenance on numerous friends vehicles with no complaints, worked at an auto machinist as a T/A for a couple of years and had some experience on Scania trucks as well. I don't regard myself as a novice. I know enough to understand my own ignorance, hence I am asking you, a recognised Alfa specialist.

 

I believe the fuel relay is one of the diode equipped ones and that the bases for those relays are colour coded. It'd be nice to be able to do it right the first time, but if I have to piss around testing circuits to figure it out for myself, that's what I'll do...! Failing that I'll try disconnecting the starter motor and just hold the key in the start position... If none of that works I'll knock a hole in the fuel tank.

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I've done all my own mechanical work since 1982 on every car I've owned, including Austin, Standard, Triumph, Jaguar, BMW and Alfa Romeo, done mechanical maintenance on numerous friends vehicles with no complaints, worked at an auto machinist as a T/A for a couple of years and had some experience on Scania trucks as well. I don't regard myself as a novice. I know enough to understand my own ignorance, hence I am asking you, a recognised Alfa specialist.

 

I believe the fuel relay is one of the diode equipped ones and that the bases for those relays are colour coded. It'd be nice to be able to do it right the first time, but if I have to piss around testing circuits to figure it out for myself, that's what I'll do...! Failing that I'll try disconnecting the starter motor and just hold the key in the start position... If none of that works I'll knock a hole in the ******* fuel tank.

 

 

No need to go off the ahndle, I'm not insulting you and you profanities are not welcome in the area of the forum, but you must understand thet it's not only yourself that would read this, but others out there who are most definately novices and who would more than likely decide to do this in a closed garage with open wiring.... I think you can see where I'm going....

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Fair enough, your response just reminded me of the time when I asked my biology teacher where the (missing from the diagram) clitoris was... For your information, the car is outside, (and very immobile...!) Perhaps you could pm me the info, or e-mail me at cottage3@kol.co.nz. I'm quite happy to keep it to myself...

 

I also note that there is a removable cap covering a hose type fitting at the right hand end of the fuel rail, can I use this to drain from, when the other conditions are appropriately attended to? I presume it's there to prime the system...

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I also note that there is a removable cap covering a hose type fitting at the right hand end of the fuel rail, can I use this to drain from, when the other conditions are appropriately attended to? I presume it's there to prime the system...

 

That's just to connect the test guage.

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Heya Smaky, its occurred to me that its been years since my power steering fluids been changed..

 

Any chance of a cheerful guide for a full flush and change?

 

 

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Any chance of a guide on how to clean/fix a sticky VNT Valve on the turbo for a 2.4 10v, I guess this would also apply to other turbo models.

 

If you want on to do and take pictures of I know one that's troublesome. :)

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I was under the impression that it gets all coked up inside.

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Only a little but never enough to sieze it, normally the stick because of corrosion on the shaft due to their location on the engine and the lovely salt the coucil throw on our roads.

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OK, I will give it a go at the weekend, got a 3 day weekend so it over to my mate with a big drive for a marathon cleaning session, plus I need to set my handbrake up as per your guide its a bit slack at the moment.

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I gave everything a spray up today and moved the shaft as best I could, access is limited. :(

 

Then I started the engine, pulled off the vacuum hose and the arm went to its full extent one way, I then reconnected the vacuum pipe and it moved about 5mm, with a little help from a screwdriver it moved about another 5mm and would then stay there. This was the same every time I repeated it.

Is it possible that the vacuum is low or that the actuator is weak. ?

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I gave everything a spray up today and moved the shaft as best I could, access is limited. :(

 

Then I started the engine, pulled off the vacuum hose and the arm went to its full extent one way, I then reconnected the vacuum pipe and it moved about 5mm, with a little help from a screwdriver it moved about another 5mm and would then stay there. This was the same every time I repeated it.

Is it possible that the vacuum is low or that the actuator is weak. ?

 

You need to get someone to rev it up and then see how far it moves

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