I am new to the site and Alfa ownership.
I have bought a late '99 156 2.4JTD and have a few questions about it.
There are a couple of things I have noticed that I am unsure of and some things I know I will need to attend to in the not too distant future. I'll list things below.
1. I am unsure of the history, so will need to replace the Cam belt associated tensioners and water pump...how easy difficult is this for someone of reasonable diy competence.
2. Clutch bites rather high on the pedal, so that will need doing soon...how easy difficult is this on this car is there any special precautions I should be aware of. (Have changed clutch on a Pug 406 before)
3. Fuel gauge...I have read on here they are unreliable....I picked the car up today, it showed 1/2 a tank...got about 15 miles from the pickup point and it dropped to nothing and then shortly after ran out of fuel on the M6! (I thought the fuel had be syphoned prior to my arrival and collecting it maybe)
4. Illumination of the fuel gauge when ignition/lights are on...well lack of illumination...how easy is it, and what do i need to do in order to liberate the fuel gauge in order to change the blown bulb.
5. Airbag - I have noticed the airbag light does not illuminate - I suspect after looking on the VOSA website at previous MOT's and advisory notes issued for the car, that it was mentioned that the light was permanently illuminated....maybe the bulb has been removed..I will reinstate and investigate.....
Anyway, that's enough for now...I hope somebody will be able to help me.
I am really looking forward to driving and working on this car, so your help would be greatly appreciated!
All the best,
First - welcome.....
Cambelt - not impossible, but room is tight, and you might be better leaving it to a good independent -trawl on here for recommendations in your area.
Clutch....quite a big job, I'm afraid, and can be pricy if the dual-mass flywheel needs replacing at the same time. If you are thinking of getting a remap at any time an uprated clutch would be adviseable....
Fuel gauges are notoriously unreliable, but not normally THAT bad - you tend to get used to what particular lies your car tells you - though they are sensitive to the orientation (ie nose up, nose down) of the car when parked, and can take a while after movinmg off to settle down to a "real" figure....
Fuel gauge illumination........easy but fiddly.....remove the radio (make sure you have the code if its an Alfa original), remove the ashtray, undo about 7 IIRC screws and two torx bolts (hodden in the radio aperture) and the console trim comes off, then a few more screws to remove the instrument cluster. Recieved wisdom is to change all the bulbs in the unit at the same time to avoid the "inconvenience" of having to do the same job in a few weeks.......
Airbag lights permanently on are a common fault.......crappy connectors under the seats normally being the culprit.....if it was me I'd ignore it....not a fan of airbags anyway...a seatbelt does a better job and airbags were only invented because seatbelts were a step too far for the freedom-loving americans......