Engine Warning - Suspect Lambda sensor?
I bought my first alfa at the weekend and so far Iíve been delighted with it, itís a 2001 (y plate) 156 1.8TS Sportwagon in black with black interior. Iíve been very impressed with the responsiveness of the chassis and the general drive after so many years with Audiís, VWís, BMWís and Mercs. This is a real change and Iím glad I took the plunge and it will make the daily commute that bit more fun.
Anyway, I was on my way down the A303 this morning and I was giving it a few revs to see how she responded and she did, the engine warning light came on but there was no loss of power or any other noticeable faults other than the light. I pulled over, turned off and on again and still lit. There is no problem starting her up or her idling, she seems spot on.
My hunch is that itís the lambda sensor, as I was give her some higher revs and generally trying her out. Also, it could be nothing but Iím sure on my drive yesterday she used a lot of petrol quite quickly, that could be a symptom but not sure.
Other problems are a potential faulty thermostat as she takes an eternity to reach 50 degrees on the temp display if at all and then suddenly she will go up and sit around 80 then go down again with a drive... sound about right?
Iíve ordered a fault code reader so I can at least see what the codes are but that will take a few days to arrive so wondered if anyone could confirm my lambda sensor thought as I believe itís a common issue?
Probably not helpfull but the variator and cam were changed 13K miles ago.
All the best
Last edited by EdmundIJones; 19-04-10 at 17:41.
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