156 2.4Jtd. Niggles!
Hi, I joined the Ao Forum today, as yesterday i bought a 2001 Alfa 156 2.4 Jtd Sportwagon, and you've guessed...it's got a few niggles!
Firstly the rear lights stay on when the key is taken out. All bulbs OK, but "bulb" light illuminated. I understand that the fault probably lies with the rev counter, or at least a component on a circuit board in the rev counter. I read a post describing how to repair it, but have no idea how to identify the component or where to begin looking for it's replacement.
I've then got to be sufficiently nimble fingered to remove the old component and solder in the new!
I figured it's probably easier to find a 2nd hand rev counter, but it needs to be a black face version, with orange figures. The only one I've found is a white face version. If I buy it, can I change the innards, keeping my "Black Face"? If so, can someone let me know what's entailed and help me ID the part I need to transfer. (Photo!) Am I right in assuming that a replacement counter needs to be from a 2.4?......Anyone got a black face tacho for a 2,4Jtd?
Second niggle is the temperature gauge. It only very occasionally goes off the 50 mark...surely it should be just under 90 most of the time. Plenty of coolant, no overheating, but the heater is not as hot as I would have expected.
After getting the car home, I spoke to the previous owner, who said it has run like that throughout his ownership, although in warmer times in the summer it would reach around 70. Any ideas?