Hi there everyone
I have just become the owner of my first Alfa and its been a long time coming, couldn't be happier. Its a 156 1.8 T.Spark Veloce x reg which i picked up for a very good price.
Unfortunately I have already hit my first hurdle and would like some clarification please. When i got the car delivered i went through the normal process of testing to make sure everything works. I noticed there was a light bulb with an exclamation mark light showing in the rev counter so I then proceeded with checking the lights. All lights were fine but I was getting nothing from the rear passenger side brake/rear light. When i opened the cluster the bulb was missing, so I got the bulb from the other side and placed this in the empty slot and it worked so all I needed was the bulb. went to the shop, bought the bulb and fitted. When i then turned the lights on there was no light coming from the passenger side rear light but the light would come on when using the brake and then stay on once the brake was removed. thinking this was a typical Alfa electric issue i decided it was fine as all I needed to do was apply the brake before driving to allow this to work.
Next day I went out to the car and the battery was dead, after spending most of the day faffing around removing the stereo, fuses etc, and testing the battery over the space of a few hours it became apparent that with this bulb fitted the battery was being drained, with the bulb removed the battery didn't drain.
I have been told this may be the rev counter causing the issue as this supplies the feed to the rear lights. Is this correct? or am I looking at something else or a ground issue?
I don't really want to buy the rev counter to find this doesn't resolve the issue and end up wasting money. I'm also not driving it till this is resolved as I don't fancy getting pulled for a brake light bulb missing.
Any help you can offer would be awesome, Thanks