Great forum lots of interesting posts.
Immobilizer failure and remote locking on key fob not working. The key works after emergency code put in via accelerator pedal.
On the fore court the dealer always jump started the car with jumper leads as the battery was flat. He was not inputting the key
sequence so I suspected nothing. He confirmed the battery just needed charging (I took his word) and so I accepted a £50 discount
for the battery and said I would replace myself.
The dealer drove my car home parked it outside. The dealer took the key out and said leave the engine running to charge the battery.
It started after a couple of turn overs due to weak battery so I though all was well. When the guy left literally 2 mins, I turned
off the engine and tried to turn it on when I get the "Imobilizer failure" message. I thought this was a set up. Literally
the difference of 2 minutes and after googling I found out that punching in the electrical code manually starts the car a lifeline
The dealer is aloof and informs he will help out, car did come with 3 month warranty. Not sure I trust the guy.
The battery was actually dead left on full charge overnight, The engine would not even turn over meaning the dealer did
not check health with a multi meter. You live and learn.
Are there any tips or tricks, a trouble shooting guide or any one with a diagnostic kit, or can anyone recommend a good
mechanic (ex-alfa) who's got a garage in Croydon on London.
I've read about
- Shaking the steering wheel
- Removing the steering wheel cover disconnect/reconnect immobiliser arial
- Banging the key fob
- Resetting the EU
- Disconnecting the battery negative and leaving it for anything between 30 mins or even over night
- Praying to the Alfa Gods and offering a sacrifice of burned car mats. I jest. But any help appreciated
- Seeing an auto lock smith
Took the car to Kinghams in Croydon who used their check and confirmed key needs replacement however
I know they're good but still out to make a buck or two. No troubleshooting was done just codes read from
the machine after the car was hooked up.
I've read here, Alfa Romeo Key code system
- that jump starts can cause the problem.
This sounds like my symptoms or I'm just very very unlucky.