Ok so I admit I like a very quite car and an Alfa is not the right choice for this, but I love my bella and trully believe I can address those little noices ... with some assistance?
156 2.5 V6, 2001
So ok, here goes my list of most annoying noices in order of difficulty:
1. Fans fans fans
Ever since I moved into London and started hiting heavy traffic these *****es are running like crazy. And it is not really the fact that they running that annoys me but the noice they make. I mean I really feel sorry for the engine as the damned fans kick-in about 2-3 times every minute !!!
I spoke to the garage and their response was along the lines of "if it doesn't overheat then it is working fine". This is a fair call really but I just feel there is something wrong. They start right after the temp goes above middle and they only manage to drop it to middle or just below. It just feels that the car is not cooling down properly and these fans are always on.
To further confuse me, if the aircon is on the fans start as soon as I start the engine ! Obviously the engine is cold so I don't get this either. Asked the dealer about this but his answer was so ... stupid that I forgot what it was.
This morning a friend suggested that if the fans are indeed running fine maybe they are getting old and noisy and maybe I should replace them. Does this make sense? If so what am I looking at cost wise?
If I get a chance I might record an mp3 for your entertainment and attach it here.
The really worrying part of this is that I am actually moving back home (Greece) in a couple of weeks and if it gets so hot in London how the heck is it going to cope with Greece/Athens ?!
With this one there is definetly something wrong cause it was not making this noise when I bought it. Basically when the aircon is running and not immediately a high pitch noise is generated. I am not sure if this is 100% correct but it sounds worse on the driver's side. I have confirm this a million times and it is the aircon. When I spoke to the dealer they said they had a look and (how proud they were) they said they found the cause : a leaf !
I can assure you these guys talk through their arses ! I am positive that this noise is not
something in the air pipes. I asked about getting the a/c unit checked for fluid or whatever and they said it was fine.
My personal belief is that the unit is actually not pumping cold enough air but the dealer said they checked the a/c and that it was in fact blowing the right temperature.
I am totally confused on this and I don't want to go and replace the whole unit without being sure that there is something wrong with it first.
This is pretty simple but would like to confirm what the dealer said with you. Basically the clutch is going too tight. I asked to loosen it and they said they will need to replace it...! (£700)
Is this true? Is there any way I can make it loose without having to replace it? I recently read about bleeding the clutch... don't know what that does, but would it help in my case?
4. Windscreen contact point
I think this one is well known, but I would love your opinions.
Very simple, accelerate and the windscreen sounds like a squicking door. Usually on first gear only but nothing ridiculous as far as accelaration.
Dealer's point of view:
Basically the 156 model were known to have on occasion problems between the windscreen and the dash. It is a known problem that the pudding at that point has either worn away or not present. They said it can be costly to fix as they will need to get to that point either by removing the windscreen or the dashboard.
Any ideas on how I go about fixing the squicking door? I could look into replacing the windscreen... but costs come into play again and I don't know if this in fact will fix the prob.
5. Door panel
ok, this is the last and probably the simplest.
In essence things are going loose in the door and when I play music with bass or drive on roads with bumps I can hear things hitting each other in the door.
I suspect the easiest way to address this is to open the panel but I have no easy directions on how to do this...
anyone seen any photo based sequence of how to properly take the panels out?
Ah, I feel better already !