Hi - I have recently become the owner of a 2004 156, and being a newbie to Alfas thought I would post a couple of queries in here that may be either common issues or things that people in the know can steer me right on.
First off, in the engine bay there is no cover over the cogs and belts to the left of the engine block. I notice on every image of the engine bay this appears to have a plastic cover over it, but I have no idea what the cover is called to be able to search for the part - is this part necessary, and is it easy to fit if I can get hold of one - and perhaps more importantly do I need to?
Secondly, when driving there is quite often a faint whiff of petrol. There are no obvious leaks anywhere, and fuel economy seems about right. I think there is probably a tiny hole in a pipe letting some vapour escape - again, is this a known issue, is it common, is it worth getting it looked at?
And thirdly there is an occasional knock on the nearside front tyre if at low speed and turning left. I can't see anything obviously awry behind the wheel - known issue, worth getting a mechanic to look at?
And last one (I promise) the on board computer keeps giving a loud beep and telling me oil pressure is low if I turn a sharp corner at low speed. As soon as wheel straightens, the warning goes. I've checked oil level and its right and doesn't seem to be dropping down. Is this just a tech glitch I should keep ignoring or do I need to get it to garage for diagnostics?
As you can probably tell I am not at all mechanically minded, but I have picked up bits and bobs through all the lemon cars I have had the misfortune to own in the past (this is my first ever Alfa though, so hoping my jinx has been broken)
Thanks in advance for any and all help