AO Silver Member
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Dublin, Ireland.
1) There is a recurrent ticking type noise from beneath the engine when ticking over...
As reported here, check for a leak around the exhaust manifold where it meets the block. I have the problem too. Fix is to ensure that nuts are tight/gasket is present/correct.
2) Should i have had a master key (red) with this model year.
Yes, you may need this if you have problems, check the owners manual (which you should have received also) for a description of it's function.
3) I get absolutely w*nk fuel economy, i got 40 miles out of quarter tank, what could this be?
Sounds like what I was getting. Keep it out of the high revs (4k+), you can hear slurping from the tank when clocking 6k. Also check that the engine is reaching temp correctly (watch gague rise when you are in traffic.) There could be a fault with one of the sensors causing the fuel mix to be come too rich. Maybe somebody could document this on the site, as I am unaware of simple methods of defining and measuring 'rich mix'.
My problem was partly as a result of me driving like a looney and the fact that the brakes were binding. I got ~15MPG at one stage on a short run of 25miles as a result of this...!!!
4) How the ***** do you work the windscreen wipers!!
There is an intermittant position which has a variable frequency, use the 'turn knob' bit to adjust the frequency after moving the right lever down one click. Moving it down two causes continious wiping. Moving it up one from the off position performs one single wipe. (Juddering wipers??? check the forum for the fix)
5) My exhaust backfires every now and then, just had a new magnetti marelli (o.e) put on..
I don't have that problem yet. Is it on down-change?
6) Im totally new to Alfa's, was a dub boy so im used to reliability , so any help is appreciated
Reliable = Japanese.
Style, performance and ability to peform fixes and mods = Italian (Alfa).
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