New 147 Owner - Problems
I recently acquired a 2002 Alfa 147 1.6 TS. It's in good condition but it does have some problems. Hopefully you can help me with some of them. I'm hoping to save some dough by doing at least some of the work myself.
1. The car only came with one key, and this doesn't work, which means that although the car starts fine, I cannot lock it. Nor can the rear doors be opened from inside. I dismantled the key, everything seemed well, changed the battery, no effect. I had an auto electrician take a look, and when he plugged his computer in an error message came up, 'replace ecu'. He was confused as to why this should be necessary, and said he would try to get key/ecu codes from Alfa and see if that worked. Any ideas? How much will it cost to replace the ECU if that is indeed the problem? Why won't the key open/lock the lock manually?
2. The brake pedal is spongey.
3. When going over bumps there is a squeaking sound that comes from the front driver's side. I'm assuming it's suspension related.
4. The glove box is missing the plastic cover for the handle, and the right hand side passenger's door is missing the plastic cap that goes at the bottom of the handle. Any ideas where I can get replacements for these parts?
Obviously number 1 is a job for the professional but I'd still like to be clued up. If people can point me in the right direction for 2 and 3 then I'll have a crack at them myself. Nearly all my cars up to now have been MG/Rovers so I'm well used to getting my hands dirty!