Just after Christmas I noticed that my driver's side dipped beam was dead. So off I trotted to Halfrauds for a new bulb.
Next step was to remove the old bulb. No problem I thought. Most cars are awkward as you have to undo the clip blind and you require a double jointed wrist and hands the size of a young child, but never the less not impossible.
I get the clip undone and then as I remove the bulb from position I feel something bad........a loose wire. Oh dear. One of the wires to the bulb connector has become detached. Balls
Then as I try to retract the bulb from the connector it completely crumbles in my hand!! The connector had got so hot that it had partially melted and become so brittle that it just crumbled between my fingers. I couldn't believe it. None of my previous cars has had anything like this happen.
The actual bulb is fine it was the connector that had failed
The annoying thing is that there isn't enough length on the wires to solder or crimp a new connector on in situ and I'm damned if I'm going to get on the cold wet winter floor and remove the front bumber to get the headlight out. Which means I'm going to have to stomach the cost of getting my mechanic to do it.
Has anyone else experienced this or is this just a freak incident on my 156?
I really wanted to prove to all my friends and colleagues who doubted my sanity when I bought the Alfa and that they aren't as bad as everybody says, but I'm really struggling at the moment. The car's not quite 5 years old yet and it is coming up with a hell of a lot of issues that I have never experienced on my other cars that have been at least as old if not older and with more mileage. I'm starting to lose faith
I know this is only a minor issue really and doesn't stop me driving the car, but all of these things start to mount up:
ABS and VDC lights on
Knocking from ARB links
Weeping rear damper and hence dodgy handling at the moment
MSCF at 3000 rpm and then limp mode
It's all getting a bit much.......