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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 06:18 AM Thread Starter
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1986 Alfa Romeo SPider Graduate Lower Ball joint Install

Well, You guys were all correct when I couldn't figure out my "No Spark" problem. It was the flywheel but when the mechanic I used put the new flywheel in he reversed the crank sensors in the bell housing which wouldn't allow the car to turn over. After 15 minutes of a regular Alfa mechanic looking at it he reversed them back and tweaked a few things and the car is now up and running. However, he noticed I now need lower ball joints and idler arm bushings replaced. First, is this an install that is time consuming or fairly easy. Secondly, I keep shopping online for parts and keep getting varied stories about Veloce ball joints not fitting graduate. Is this true? I went to vicks auto and that gave a range from '74 - 89? I just don't want to order wrong parts. the new mechanic will replace the ball joints and idler arm bushings but claims 5 hours labor. seems reasonable but do you guys agree with that? Total bill comes to $1,000 for all this??
Help please!! you guys all mentioned the crank sensors in the bell housing last time so your obviously spot on with your diagnostic abilities and I thank you for that.

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All mechanical parts are same whether the car is a Veloce or Graduate. The only differences are in trim level (power windows vs manual), wheels, etc.

I can't comment on the estimated bill. If that includes parts and labor it is probably the going rate.

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Thank you Eric that is good to know. It didn't make sense that the ball joints were different. Do you recommend a site for these type of parts?
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IMO you should rebuild the front end in one shot: lower and upper ball joints complete, lower A-arm bushings, tie and track rod ends. How one determines you need idler arm bushings on the car without a dismantling inspection is something I'd be interested in learning. typically the play is in the tie and track rod ends connected to the idler arm. I've sloppy steering boxes about five to one relative to worn idler arms, dismantle and regrease the idler arm.

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