Last weekend was a big one for me. I'm getting married in November this year, and my fiancee and I were up early on Sunday to go to Church and then have a formal meeting with the Reverend to discuss the Big Day...
I'd been looking forward to it for a while, as this was going to be the first time I'd driven the car (2006 GT JTDm) in about six weeks having been away for much of the summer.
But shock, horror; the car would not start
When I turned the key half-way, the dashboard lit up, but would not stay lit, and would kind of blink back at me instead. And when I turned full-way, nothing. Absolutely nothing
Our very uninformed diagnosis was a flat battery. Which turned out to be correct. My dad lives nearby and he v kindly came and gave us a jump start. Fired up first time with the jump leads on
But with one hand He giveth, and the other He taketh away: on ignition, the dreaded orange Motor System Failure warning appeared, shining brightly and solidly back at me
The book said it would be safe to drive but that my emissions would be higher and performance reduced. So we did, and it was.
The engine had absolutely no life in it. It struggled to rev above 1500. It was worse than being back in my old 1.4 Golf S reg! Zero pull. Zero acceleration. It was a long slog across London to the motorway and during this time, bit by bit, life seemed to gradually be breathed back into the engine. But even by the time we got to the motorway it still took about 5 minutes to get up to 65
and it didn't really want to go any faster than that!
The car felt a much better by the time we arrived (half an hour late for the service!) but the warning light was still on.
We drove the car to the reverends house afterwards, and once done, somewhere for lunch. And by the time we left to return back home on, the light had gone off
The car drove home really well. Tempted to say completely back to normal, although I took it a bit steadier due to the circumstances and didn't push it.
I've since taken the car to a garage for a battery test and they confirmed it's ok and doesn't need replacing. So I'm thinking it solved itself and I'm in the clear [firmly touching wood!]
But two questions:
1) Has anybody else had a similar episode with their car?
2) Do you think there's anything more sinister going on, or do you think it's reasonable that my battery would have gone flat having not used the car for a while, and that this had a temporary knock-on impact on the Motor System and engine performance?
Must say; I didn't think flat batteries after periods of not using your car was an issue any more in modern cars? Or is it just another endearing Alfa quality? Will definitely now make a point of periodically giving the car a run in future to avoid this happening again.
Given the car seems to have made a fully recovery all by itself, I'm not intending to take it to a garage for a check-up. Save a few quid, and a lot of my time
Unless you guys think that's silly of me...
Would really appreciate your thoughts. And hopefully your reassurances