score - 9 out of 10
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: United Kingdom
Took my alfa for a service the other day at a garage recommended by a friend and got a call from the garage : "blah blah, we cant get the air filter out as the bolts have seized, the spark plugs dont need replacing as they are long lifetime etc"
So they went ahead and just changed the oil even though they still charged me for a full service and wouldnt let me have it any other way.
Anyway got it home and my service manual states the spark plugs were due to be changed at 60k (its at 63k).grr
I looked at the bolts on the air filter and they look ok so ive bought a K&N to be fitted by myself. I rekon they could'nt be bothered as its under that fuse box.
These are trivial compared to the main problem now:
Now when i start the car from cold it only starts first time only 50% of the time, and hardly ever when its really cold.
I turn the key and the revs go up to just below 1000k and then the engine stalls. If i give it a little gas it starts ok.
Starts fine on the second attempt every time.
I know when its going to start as there is a dull 'click' from the engine as it fires up properly (don't know what this is but sounds normal)
this is really annoying as it never did it before it went for a service (Mind you i only had it 2 weeks before then).
Out of curiosity i checked the oil and it appears its overfilled. The oil level is about an inch above the top notch on the dipstick.
Could this be the cause? Shall i drain some out by cracking the sump bolt open? I am going to change the air filter and spark plugs very soon aswell.
Any help welcomed!
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