My 1996 1.7 sounds like a tractor/tank when i start it and as long as it drives im half happy
. If there are no warning lights lit, just drive the car and if the revs fluctuate from cold start.
The water temp sensor is possibly the cheapest, easiest changed and most likely culprit for poor cold start performance.
am not sure if the cam variator was replaced at the time though, but i doubt it.
The 16v has no cam variator- probably why it doesn't have a lot of torque at low revs.[/quote]
It has no service history at all
I don't think this matters on an older car. Current condition is a lot more important.
Air Bag Light -
I have had two diagnostics carried out and neither garage have been able to correct it?
sorry, I don't know anything about airbags.
Electric Windows -
Only the sunroof and front passenger's windows work. Both rear windows worked on the odd occassion and now not all all? Any ideas on how to test same and get them going again? The driver's side just needs refitted as it falls out of its 'lifting cradle' when i operate it. Taking the door panel off breaks the speaker covers and the panels never fit quite the same. Any tips?
Windows never boil down to anything expensive. It might be stuck lifting cables or a blown fuse. The motors rarely burn out.
129bhp? My car does not accelerate very well at all and the 0-60mph time is a very slow steady climb. I thought these cars were meant to be fast. Am i wrong? I also have problems when starting from cold and when i accelerate the engine the engine nearly stalls and splutters, the revs drop and the car slows dramatically. It runs really rough for a few seconds then everything kicks in and it takes off and all is well from then on.
Everyuone has their favourite but I have fixed this with a different air temp sensor. It goes into a rubber tubey thing on the air inlet. £15, and a minute or 2 to fit.
It also sounds like a tractor when you start it and the engine squeals and squeaks on idle which sounds akin to a loose alternator belt type sound on other cars for example.
You have the answer for yourself. Possibly an old fan belt. That shouldn't be too costly.
The whole car rocks from side to side when idling which makes me feel sick when sitting in the car - it this just an aspect of a flat four engine?
The front engine mount is a weak point and has always been broken when I've looked.
Fuel consumption appears to be pretty dire, although i do drive it hard when i can. I seem to be forever sticking £20 in it every few days after 100 miles or so. Is this normal?
Depends how hard you drive it. Maybe a new temp sender and air temp sensor will improve things?
Wheels and Brakes -
I can hear a high pitched squeal from one of the wheels, it hard to tell
which one. This happens when just cruisin around and is not a braking problem, although sometimes the squeal ceases when i apply the brakes. Could it be a wheel bearing or the brake calipers not working correctly and applying the brake shoes to the discs without my input?
Should be a missing shim holding the brake pads in. It is always a good thing to take th epads out, clean everything up, wind the calipers in and get everything moving.
I have driven vans with better gearboxes! By the time you switch gear you lose some revs as its never a smooth transition. The clutch is quite heavy and the gearstick travel is the ultimate reverse of short-shift! lol. Again, is this just the norm for a 1996 146 Boxer?
I didn;t notice my gearbox. Maybe your synchromesh's are a bit knackered. You will possibly be able to work around this by controlling the engine revs in a more sympathetic way to the transmission speed?
Stereo & speakers -
The stereo works sometimes if you switch it on and apply pressure to the the front of it - i suppose there is loose connection at the rear of same buti dont know to fix it. The rear speakers dont work at all - how can i check the wiring?
Possibly just need to clean up the contacts if it is a face off one. I think Maplin do some switch cleaner. I like the Active Flux for plumbers you can get from Wickes for about £2.50 a pot.
Bodywork and interior -
Can anyone recommend what products and methods to use to bring my Alfa up to some sort of decent standard. The car is a dark burgandy wine colour and is in quite good nick for its age. The headcloth is a bit knackered but i dont think there is much i can do about that.
Tescos do a spray on carpet and upholstery cleaner for about £2.75 a tin that I have had good results with.
Thanks for the help as i really need it to keep this car on the road. i dont have much money to spend on it as i have another car and motorcycle on the go already, but i would like it sorted as i enjoy the car and it isnt worth selling on.
It is worth looking after. Boxer engined 145/146s will be getting very rare soon.
Good luck with it