MCSF - the world's most useless error message
So there I am driving along, when I get a brief hesitation just as I was accelerating in 4th gear.
BING BONG "Motor control system failure - go to dealer"
Hmmmm thinks I. Wonder what that's about. Engine's still running fine but I pull over just up the road, turn it off and check the obvious bits in the engine bay. Nowt apparently wrong. Oil fine. Fuel is low but still some way off the empty mark.
Try to start engine. Nowt! Argh!
Oh sod it, the infamous crank sensor?
Wait a few minutes. Try again. Nowt.
Wait a few minutes. Try again. Starts. Joy.
Pull out onto road. Accelerating, into second, BING BONG MCSF again, then low oil pressure warning and I pull over into a handy bus stop. Bugger. Check oil again. Definitely fine. Belts haven't snapped. Heart sinking nonetheless.
Try to start engine. No joy. Wait a few minutes. Try again. Starts! Go up and down bus stop area a few times in 1st and reverse. All running fine. Pull out onto road. Into 2nd, hesitation and BING BONG MCSF again swiftly followed by oil pressure warning again. Just about manage to crawl off the road into a field entrance and by god that steering is heavy when the engine has quit.
Sat in the car wondering what's wrong and wondering why I didn't keep my breakdown service's card in my wallet, I idly look up the road. Up the gently inclining road. And look at the fuel gauge again.
Surely not. Surely in this day and age a gentle slope and a bit of acceleration would not uncover the fuel pickup in the tank when it's running very low and lead to fuel starvation.
Surely the computer would know about the lack of fuel pressure and just pop up an informative message like, perhaps 'FUEL EXHAUSTED' or 'FILL ME UP BIATCH'.
Well, sure enough, that was it. Got my neighbour to come out to me with a can of diesel, popped 10 litres in and off she went as if nothing had ever been amiss. Range on the display went from '34' to '54' and the needle barely moved.
Bloody Alfas and bloody MCSF and bloody gauges that have 'empty' as an indeterminate spot somewhere above the 'empty' mark!