Hello all, I hope you can help me.
Have owned my '53 reg 147 for 2 weeks and have a couple of problem queries to share:
1) My electric windows don't like to raise properly.
The passenger side is the worst: you pull the switch and it raises maybe only an inch at a time until it gets near closing then will complete the closing action. You have to keep clicking the switch to several times to complete the closure of the window. The driver's side does the same but maybe only requires 3 stages to close. They dont simply struggle and close slowly but they raise a bit then stop, raise a bit more then stop.
I wonder if this is due to worn winder gears or possibly low battery? The problem is slightly worse when engine is not running but I would expect that as there is less charge in the battery. The windows go down just fine.
2) The engine smokes on first startup of the day.
This occurs only first thing in the morning (but not every morning). I get a big cloud of white smoke out of the exhaust for about 30 seconds perhaps. It is not condensation. The smoke smells bit oily, cant tell if it smells particularly sweet (like coolant problem). The garage may have overfilled the oil when they serviced before sale as the oil level was high (I didnt see this problem when I road tested it from cold twice before I bought). Also the rocker gasket may be leaking slightly as there is some oil on the engine block, nothing major, I wonder if this is connected? Oil level is ok. Are the engines particularly 'oily' anyway?
I have read various threads on this sort of problem but my issue sounds different, surprised it only smokes first thing in morning on startup (ie it has been sat overnight). Definatley not just condensation in the air.
3) My head unit has twice swallowed my cd and wont spit it out!
Being an Alfa, I would be surprised but this is a Blaupunkt made unit right? The last time this happened, I took stereo out, opened it, looked inside it blankly like I knew what I was looking for, so plugged it back in and then it ejected the cd. Reset seems to have solved it. It got stuck again 3 days later. I havent been back to Halfords yet to borrow thier removing pin but I wonder if this head unit is knackered and could do with replacing. The cd is still in there. 1st time was a CDR, second a shop bought album. The eject button does nothing, doesnt even make a sound to indicate it is trying to eject. It is the 'High' headunit with Bose. The changer in boot still works so I can still play my choons!
4) Front suspension
. I identified a squeak from the front right suspension before I bought the car (you can here a 'shhhah' sound when you drive over a speedbump for example), the seller/garage have said it is the front right bush, there are replacing for me for free this saturday and doing new MoT after. They reckon the whole anti-roll bar is being replaced as the bushes are part of the bar assembly and can't be bought separate, this is why the whole bar is going to be replaced the say. I havent a problem with that as it costs me nothing but I don't like feeling fibbed to. Any thoughts?
I understand there are known issues with fast-wearing suspension parts (and rear), right?
My moaning aside, she's a bella!