Apologies if this seems like a repeat thread but the threads I found on a search were relatively old and I thought there may be more information out there to be had :-)
I have a '98 156 V6. When I bought it, the car had only one key, and no code card. Unlike in the UK, here in Ireland the card is handed to the car owner rather than kept by Alfa.
Over the past year the car has occasionally (every 2-3 mths) failed to recognise the code and taken a few attempts before the light goes out. In the last number of weeks the frequency of code failure has increased so it's now almost every time I get in the car. Then it takes 3-10 tries before recognising it.
I noticed in this thread
that cleaning the antenna may help. Has anyone done this? Is it a DIY prospect or am I risking damaging it further? I'm *reasonably* mechanically proficient.
In case it's the key and not the antenna - can anyone answer the following:
- Is it true the key cannot be "cloned"?
- Can Alfa provide a new key without the code card (i.e. is it hardcoded and readable from the ECU?)
- As I don't have the card, what are the chances the code would be on central Alfa Romeo records?
- If they have the code, what are my chances of getting it?
- Is there anyway of bypassing the code check, perhaps as part of a remap/chip?
Thanks for reading the long post and apologies for all the questions!