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Here's a weird one...recently fell foul of the frozen handbrake thing so left car in gear overnight. late leaving for work so jumped in car and promptly forgot and turned engine over. Car lurched forward, I cursed and eventually got underway. Noticed that the interior clock wasn't working but thought nothing of it. Got to work and tried to activate alarm...nothing. Suspected infra red button had flat battery but the little LED was actually flashing. Mmm...strange. After work got out to car, opened door and noticed courtesy light wasn't working. Infact subsequent investigation has shown that none of the courtesy/map lights are functioning although bizarrely the little lights that illuminate the actual courtesy light manual BUTTON and map light BUTTON DO WORK! Checked out the fuse box in the driver's foot well and a 15A fuse labelled 'servizio' (services) has blown. Replaced it but immediately upon doing so, a little spark emitted and the fuse blew straight away. Does this fuse cover the things that aren't working and does the whole situation have anything to do with me starting the car up while in gear? And does anyone have any idea how to go about dealing with it? It's a 155 2L TS 16V 95/96 version. HELP!!! [img]confused.gif[/img]
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Staggered as I am by the amazing response(!?!?)I thought I'd better make a small correction to my posting. The fuse in question is the 10A one (previous owner had replaced it with a 15A) which isn't labelled 'Servizio' but has a light bulb logo and is referred to in the Handbook as being for interior lights, automatic door locking and clock. I guess it doesn't make it any less of a mystery but here's hoping... [img]confused.gif[/img]
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dunno about this one...

i set my alarm off by mistake one day, turned it off and got in the car... i noticed there was no clock showing... weird i thought... got out and trid to arm the alarm... nothing... after some investigation, I found the same fuse had blown. It was a 15amp that was in there, i just replaced it and haven't had a problem since.

Maybe when your car jumped forward, it's loosened something and shorting out a link some where.

Might be an idea to take it to an auto-electrician.

good luck


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Sorry, no solution here but same sort of problem. My 155 TS 1.8 16v was left with periodical engine starts when I was on holidays. When I came back, the battery was flat, even though the last engine start was successful.

Traced the problem to this particular 'Services' electrical loading. Something is draining the battery from this fuse's distribution. Had to be something that the engine requires to have constant 12Volts supply.

Incidently, the car stereo is distributed from this fuse also. Try disconnecting the car stereo and see if the problem recurs.

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Thanks guys, I think it probably is looking like an expensive visit to an Auto-Electric Specialist. Before that though, I think I'll try disconnecting the Alarm, and see if it still blows the fuse then. Just a hunch, but when I first got the car at 1yr old, the Alarm was playing up and I had it replaced by the Garage under Warranty. Apparently the positioning of the Alarm control unit makes it prone to ingress of water..perhaps something has shorted out in there. Speaking of which, where exactly IS the alarm unit situated? Thanks guys. [img]wink.gif[/img]
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Hi Clive

I've had problems with my alarm recently. Posted it on here and Alfaowner.com. Numan reckons its in the wheel arch, you have to remove the liner to get at it. Think he said the drivers front but you'll have to check. Try "newbie and alarm" on the forum, something like that!!!!


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