Family.... In that
Join Date: Mar 2007
Chug Chug Boom Vroom!!!!
I Changed my steering wheel this morning. This meant I had to disconnect the battery so the residual charge would drain from the airbag before I could remove it from the wheel. After disconnecting the battery terminals (both) I left it a good 2 hours before changing the wheel over. No problems, it was relativly easy. After I connected the battery back up I started the car and left it ticking over for a while to warm up. It didn't sound like it was running smoothly but I thought this was because it was cold so I decided to take it for a spin round the block. As I pulled out the drive onto the road it was coughing, spluttering and missfiring. I dipped the clutch and gave it a few revs and it backfired loudly followed by a cloud of black smoke from the exhaust. Once this had happened everything seemed fine, in fact better than fine. It's alot more responsive now, the power is there as soon as I touch the accelerator, it's crisper and smoother through the gears and generaly running alot better.
Why is this?? I'm presuming that disconnecting the battery has reset something but it's like I got a new car by doing it.
Owning an Alfa is not a matter of life or death...... It's much more important than that.