Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Beeton, Ontario
Found some Alfa time today so I jacked up the right side, checked the brakes for air...none. Took off the inner liners and started up to isolate the squeak and confirm it was not from the timing belt bearings. Shot some video for you all but my internet capacity does not like uploading many megabytes of video (65 and 46) so will have to try something else. As I believed, the squeak lessens if I put some pressure on the Serpentine bearing body and upon removal, I did find some slack in the spindle-needle bearing area. Not certain if these needle bearings are easy to source but a search in the forums brought up a larger bearing, probably the main tension-er bearing. I also started the car for 10 seconds without the S belt and there was no squeak!! Cleaning it all up anyway. Found some small dings in the groves (water pump pulley), all 4 corners, probably placed there by the last mechanic....not me, I assure you. I will file those even as it probably isn't helping. My home-made poly engine mount is still solid. I did notice that my left-front side sits a bit lower than my right side now, not sure if the left-front mount is wearing out or something else is a bit off. Comparing the strut parts last year seemed to show they were all in good shape.
As for the struts, the solenoids do click if I apply 12v on the bench (or "had" last year when last tested). Still not sure where the other side of the connector is as they were never hooked up.
There are 2 yellow connectors on either fender, one I believe is for the airbag so possibly the other one? I will try to follow the cable and see where it leads. Fun.