im new here and you all seem like a helpful group... been reading up on alot of threads for my combined problems and hoping to get simple advice if i compile it (1 - because some threads didnt have sufficient info and i didnt want to dig up 4 different threads, 2 - because im not sure if my car would require the same fixes as others cars)
i drive a 156 jts ti 2004 model... not many threads here on the ti so im hoping i can start it off... ive had it for over a year and already experienced the joys of being an alfa drive
the car itself drives great... pulls hard... good handling... i was going to sell it but the looks and the feel have made me want to keep it... but
here goes (start off simple)
1 - i have a headlight out, now instead of going to the fitters ive decided to give it a shot myself... its my left headlight so there isnt much room behind it (battery/relays/fuses)... i was under the impression that if i remove the battery the relay box might be a little more mobile and ill be able to squeze the light bulb out and in... if not i guess its time to remove the whole front section... so my first question is just how simple is this procedure and can i use any light blubs? the mechanic was talking about L2 light bulbs costing $50 each (located in melbourne australia)
2 - resolved
3 - my car has recently lost some power at the low end... i think its a misfire still and plan on getting a multimeter measuring the resitance of the coilpacks and/or changing spark plugs hoping its as simple as that (since its an alfa im being overly optimistic i know
)... im assuming ill just measure the resistance between the 1st and last pins of the 4 pins?
4 - i got rear ended 3 weeks ago... the whole boot was pushed in... AU$8000 and 3 weeks later the front rear panels were replaced and the bonnet fixed up (its soooo shiney and new looking now
)... however i usually got 150km out of a quarter of a tank... ive noticed i got about 60km out of the same quarter after the accident... there is no leaking fuel anywhere but im wondering if the system is runnning in limp mode or if the body shop has not fixed something? or destroyed something as a biproduct of their awesomeness at fixing my car? (on a side note they did somehow destroy my central locking, the car will lock but not unlike and so i have to use the key... apparently its the box under the glovebox that needs fixing but i dont think they are taking responsibility even though it worked before i gave ti to them)... im thinking maybe diagnose any electical issues? or if its something else... i havnt noticed a sputter out of the exhaust (then again i cant really see if im spitting out fuel) but i hope its not running too rich...
5 - 10W - 60 oil should do i assume
6 - i plan on changing the system... i have a sub amp wiring and just getting a new head unit now... ive installed plenty of systems in other cars so i dont think this will be an issue... ive bought the pins to remove the stocky system (thanks ebay and UK
nice and cheap) and i got the ISO connectors for a 156 to generic plug (thanks ebay and UK once again
)... i plan on running the cabling under the carpet... just wondering if its easy access through the firewall to the batter for my power cable and if i have to tear holes in the carpet or will it be easy enough jsut to unscrew it and run it under the doors like a usual car... in conjunction with my battery was drained 3 months ago... i got jump started and now all seems fine (yes i know jump starting it bad ... but it was proffesionally done) and the battery seems fine... for now... i just notice it dims the lights every so often and then brightens them up again... should i get a new battery or will the standard alfa one do? the little light is still green on the battery...
7 - the car runs cold wen i drive... by cold i mean 70ish degrees... when im stuck in traffic it jumps up to 90... hits about 95 then the fan kicks in and brings it down to 90 again... once i start moving the temperature drops dramatically and quickly... mechanics told me the thermostat was working fine... is this normal?
sorry for such a long winded post but i thought it b best to compile it all into 1 big post and hope to get as much info as possible... help on any points would be appreciated
and thanks in advance