Originally Posted by clintonrae
Can anyone help me with a battery problem on a 2000 156?
2 months ago I had a new battery put in at an Alfa garage because the old one was flat. I mean completely flat, no power to clock or hazards. I also couldn't open the bonnet and had to get towed to the garage.
At the time, the garage said there wasn't a fault, just an old battery (I had bought the car just 4 months previously).
2 months later, I had just driven 165 miles to a conference on Friday afternoon. I left the car at 3pm on Friday but by 9am on Sunday the battery was dead again. Up until then, I hadn't done much mileage and hadn't had the slightest problem. I also hadn't had any warning lights.
Again, the bonnet was completely locked and the rescue mechanic I called out couldn't get in to charge the battery so he had to tow me 165 miles home.
I've taken the car back to the Alfa garage who put in the original battery but they say they cannot find any fault. They've charged the battery and say it's okay. They say they had to break in to the bonnet because it was locked.
1. Can anyone suggest what's happening to my battery straight after a long run?
2. Should the bonnet lock itself with a dead battery? If so, how can I over-ride that (in the UK) so that I don't have to call out a rescue van every time this happens (assuming nobody can tell me what's killing my battery)?
Thanks a bunch
PS First time on the site - hope it's helpful
PPS Love the car while it runs...
I think the sollution is simple.
I had the same exact problem , after one month of getting my brand new 147 (2003 model).
Battery was dead, even after driving hours of highway kilometers.
I managed to take the car to the electrician guy that installed the security alarm, two weeks before (I thought it had to do with the alarm..)
After searching the car for like 1 hour (me and him), we discovered that the cable connecting the variator (I think that is the name of the 'charger' - excuse my English, it's been a long time..) to the battery was loose from the factory (italian job...).
So we went under the car and tightened the cable - it's not easy to see and not easy to tighten, as it is hidden behind the engine in a low position.
After this quick fix, next day, I went to the Alfa dealer and had the bolt properly tightened.
Since then, no further battery problems.
Hope this helps.
At the moment I am trying to fix my permanently-on-airbag-light.. e-ha