Alfa drivable again!
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: United Kingdom
156 jtd about to be shot! Please help (this is a good one...), loading the gun now..!
Always look on the bright side of life....! My Alfa is driving me insane... A brief history of the problem: developed a ticking noise from the diesel injectors, but not certain that tappets had ever been shimmed, so booked in at Longstones in Cannington, Somerset. On the way there, the engine management light began coming on below 2000rpm, staying lit thereafter at idle. Diagnostic showed the camshaft sensor had a fault (p 1320, if I remember correctly ), so (deep breath) I decided to : replace two noisy injectors, shim the tappets, replace all belts and pulleys/tensioners (cam and auxiliary ), new water pump, fit new cam sensor, retime from scratch, clear all faults via diagnostic and live happily ever after. Yeah, right! Engine light stayed stubbornly on. She has mild tuning box, egr delete kit, and an auto delta free flow air filter. No other mods, engine wise. Steve and Simon at Longstones checked the wiring from the cam sensor to the ecu, and declared it to be serviceable. So was the issue in the ecu? Found a replacement (2nd hand, but guaranteed good). Fitted and recoded...light still on, P1320. Bugger. Searched the forum for clues, found excellent post re P1320 which says cam sensor receives a signal from crankshaft sensor, and the very brilliant sticky re checking your battery, then a link to the varta battery silver E44, which has more cranking power than god. Oh and last night tried the link advice on resetting your ecu after disconecting the battery. No change, apart from noisy injectors again!! Aarrrggh! Fitted new battery today, and for good measure a crankshaft sensor. On removing the old one, found a blob of carbon on the sensor: was this the cause? Fitted new crank sensor(after trimming to fit!! Thanks, Alfa needed that.can't Bosch make a sensor that FITS! Oi Vey!) and... Engine management light flicks on a heartbeat after firing up. Well, fooking marvellous, as you can imagine. Having pondered at length, my next move will be, I guess, a check of all wiring to/ from the crank & cam sensors and ECU, in particular the 58X Reference Circuit, as mentioned in P1320 link. Unless (please God) anyone can suggest another approach? Oh, and I have already thought of removing the bulb behind the management light...!yep , 300stu, still laughing mate, just.! I love our Alfa Romeos !(repeat until room begins to spin...!) Sure would appreciate any help you lovely people can give me, thanks Captain Boogaloo.