Originally Posted by JimO
Thanks Ascari, its just that its not selecting reverse or from first is popping back to neutral, i drove it in second fine for about 50 meters and had no prob.
I didn't know about the reservoir, but have just been reading about it, are the guidelines for checking it, I won't do it tonight now, as the car is else where, but will check tomorrow.
I have a couple of garages close by, but with the AA will get it towed somewhere anyway, maybe Rog
Honestly, I bought this as thought I needed something more reliable than the coops, which neither of ever let me down
When I saw your user name I recognised you from the Fiat Coupe forum,
Sprint Blue Coupe the same as mine if I'm correct ?.
I'd take the car to an independent Alfa Romeo specialist rather than your average Fiat/Alfa Dealer who is crowded with Fiat Punto's, Roger at PowerFiat sounds like your man. It's more reassuring to see a place full of 20vT's, 156's and 147's and somewhere where they don't give you a funny look when you mention the dreaded word Selespeed.
Mine's a 2002 model and apart from myself overfilling the resevoir when I first got it, it has given me no problems whatsoever. The full engine in my car was replaced under Alfa warranty at 64K (I assume cambelt failure) and the car has done approx. 20K since, for peace of mind I had the system checked and recalibrated as I was unsure if the clutch was changed along with the engine, they found a small intermittent fault with a speed sensor that was corrected when it was calibrated and they told me it drives as well as the 2 Sele's they have for sale which gave me something to smile about.
David will keep you right here as he helped me 18 months ago when I bought my car, you will need at least ATF Dextron III (Halfords) or preferably Dextron IIII which can be ordered from Demon Tweeks and make sure the ignition is switched on and the Sele pump is primed before you top up the resevoir, you will hear the pump prime up for approx. 4-5 secs. I made the error of topping up without the ignition on and lost everthing I put in down the inner wing.
It's a good idea to replace as much of the fluid as possible with new stuff especially if it's a dull grey colour like mine was, it should be a nice blood red, use the wife's turkey baster to remove the old stuff but remember to clean it out for next month.
Other than that, let your Alfa Specialist sort it for you, £35 is cheap enough and gives you a lot of peace of mind. Hope all goes well.