Greetings from Remarkable Rwanda!
Having imported, sight unseen, a 1999 Alfa 156 and a 2004 Alfa 147, I am expecting to do a little maintenance
I'm no expert on car maintenance, but I do know the cam belts will want doing; and I may as well replace the water pumps at the same time. Now, do I also need to buy and fit a Balancer Belt kit, and is that different from an Auixiliary belt? I understand I will also need to buy the specialist tools to do the cam belt changes, even though the garage here in Kigali will do the work. There are probably less than six Alfa Romeos in all of Rwanda...including my two!
So, is it advisable/necessary to change the balancer and auxiliary belts..and presumably the tensioner that goes with it?
There will be other items needed, one being some sensor that controls the down-changing of the selespeed box on the 156 - apparently, the diagnostic test identified a problem, which was causing the box/engine to basically close down, requiring an engine switch off and on to clear...very embarassing when half way across a major roundabout, and all of a sudden you have no drive! Apparently, this sensor is in contact with then engine, and basically tells the gearbox to down-change when necessary...I should get the part number from the garage soon...anyone else dealt with this problem?
Also, sorry to rabbit on, but I am thinking ahead to when I will need new brake pads. Is it necessary, or again advisable, to replace the discs as well, or just pads is fine? I was also thinking of replacing the pollen filters; does anyone have a view on this? Both cars are 2 litre petrol engined, with 106,000 km (147) and 114,000 km (156)
The 147 has the 3 button key, but it does not work, even after replacing the battery. I only got one key with this car, and no code book. From what I've read about the alarm and security systems, I should be having a problem if the key does not work, no? I have seen no evidence of an alarm, and whilst the engine currently needs to kick over for a long time before initially starting, it does start....maybe the ECU is dead, or am I barking up the wrong tree thinking that this may be a problem?
Your kind input greatly appreciated.