Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
First Alfa Romeo. First break down
156 2.4 20v JTD 2004 facelift model with 184,000km on the clock.
So yesterday, after having the car for 3 days, I drove to the shops. Got back in and she wouldn't start. The engine would turn, but not ignite. The computer said "Motor Control, engine cooling, ABS and EBD System failures" I thought, here we go, I was warned against buying a 12 year old Alfa... now all the electrical gremlins are out to steal my wallet! My wife laughed. I called the break down service.
After trying all the obvious things... he checked the fuses and found a blown one. Replaced that, and it fired up fine. After a few minutes, the engine warning lights came on again, the car continued to run. Turn it off, and it wouldn't fire up again. Change the same fuse, and it starts fine. Funniliy enough, the blown fuse, according to the owners manual, is for the wing mirrors.
Once running again, I took it back to the dealer I bought it from. Fair credit to them, they were suitably apologetic and accommodating. They gave it a thorough examination and concluded, the new battery they put in it, was undersized. Which caused power fluctuations through the ECU, triggering spurious readings in various sensors.
So, after a new bigger battery, 30 minute test drive, no new warning codes. She's running fine for now.
I'm relieved the solution is that simple and free!