75TS in therapy,
Join Date: Oct 2007
I've only had my 156 2litre JTS a few weeks, and it's ALWAYS been frosty, raining or heavy traffic when I've been out in it - I bought it hoping for an efficient commuter, as I have a couple of other toys for h00ning around in at the weekend. Anyway, in starting to read about what I've bought, I was pretty scared that on the times I actually DID get the throttle down, the motor seemed to pull from low to medium revs, but just hold on a plateau. Ohh Dear, have I got one of these d00med, carboned-up JTS engines with an inlet manifold full of s00t, valves caked in carbon, a worn cam and a 20 minute lifespan ahead of it? Will this all end with both a bang, and a whimper? Such things were preying on my mind last night, when the Motor Control System Failure! warning came up on the screen (I think I screamed, and ruined my trousers) - but NOTHING else came with the message. No power-loss or wayward idle, just the message. I'm told it COULD be the battery, and that's where to start...
And then I saw a thread for resetting the Service Interval Expired message, and took care of that.
And then I saw this thread, and followed the procedure. Whilst giving the car the final 10 minute rest, I looked down at the footwell, and saw that TWO sets of mats, AND a rubber one on top, had bunched up under the throttle pedal. Ohh, there's a whole dozen eggs on my face right now! I put all of them in the boot, turned the key and then went for a drive, taking in full-throttle accellerations up long motorway slip-roads. WHAT A DIFFERENCE! I guess I can't be sure EXACTLY how much of this is due to the reset procedure, and my driving so far has been concerned more with getting ever-better economy to display on screen, but OMG!! I would say that I'm pretty damn sure I'm NOT missing out on many of the ponies I should have under the h00d!
Thanks for the exhaustive detail on these posts, it's great when Newbies like me benefit from your know-how, and you are careful enough to put in ALL the detail we need to get things sorted. And whilst I do still want this 156 to be an economical driver for workdays, I now know that it sure can H4UL-4$$ if I need it to. ;-)