hey alfa drivers!
This is a long read as it's quite a funny problem!
I'm having a very weird problem with my alfa code system immobiliser and was wondering if anyone has any clue what could be causing the problem.
Where do I start? well my car is a british RHD which I've imported it to spain about a year ago without any problems apart from having my cambelt snap which was an expensive engine rebuild.
I'm now living in a town outside of Valencia, about 10 minutes drive and my car is 2001 model 156 T spark 1.6.
One day, just recently about 3 weeks ago, I drove into Valencia and when I came back to my car, my car wouldn't start! I noticed that the 'CODE' and the spark plug symbols on my dashboard were still lit up after I tried starting the car. After about 30 minutes just sitting waiting, playing around with the car, the engine suddenly came back to life! I was parked underground.
Well, I thought nothing of it, until it happened magically again, another place outside of valencia in a big outside shopping mall. After a while, again, my car came back to life. I was again parked underground.
Third time this happened, my car really wouldn't start again, I was parked NOT underground but was in Valencia, and after an hour I called out road side assistance who took my car back home to my little town.
when my car arrived back into my town, the car magically lossed all of it's problems and the car was able to start again!!!?!?!?!?!?
So, I thought, I'd take my car into Valencia again, and guess what? the car didn't start again, and again I was parked underground. But this time, I used the emergency start procedure as I have the immobiliser key card code, you know the one where you depress the gas pedal and wait for the spark plug light to flash the same amount of times as the numbers on your key code card.
Now the funny thing is is that in the Alfa manual, it says that after you use the emergency start procedure, to start the car, the only way is to use the emerency start procedure. Well when I arrived back into my little town, my car started up normally, and have been doing for the last few drives.
I don't know what the problem is, can anyone shed any light on the problem? It doesn't seem to be valencia being the problem but maybe something else interfering with the code system in the car, is this possible?
Thanks for reading.