as you may have gathered i'm new here and to alfa ownership,i've recently bought myself a 155 V6 (non widebody unfortunately). Now while i absolutely love the car , it has a couple of niggly faults that are bugging me ,and was hoping you lot could give me some advice.
First off the reverse lights keep sticking on, the only way to cure it is to take the fuse out for ten mins and put it back in. (faulty switch maybe?)
secondly the power steering makes a noise, i turn the wheel to the left and i hear a thudding noise and then again when returning steering wheel the other way. Sounds like fluid hitting a valve at high pressure,or maybe an airlock?,but i also hear it sometimes when going over speed bumps. Anyway i am unfamiliar with the nuts and bolts of the 155,so thought i would seek some advice before getting my hands dirty and going in blind!.any hints or tips would be much appreciated.
i've put it in for an mot tommorow so if track rod ends are gone they should be able to see that,although both sides have been replaced in the last 3 yrs according to the receipts i got with it. Hopefully the reverse lights will play the game when they test it (intermittent fault). Although i will sort it out, i'm fed up of people pulling up alongside me at junctions and gesturing wildly towards the rear of my car ! i gotta say this is a damn fine forum . see ya for now.
well she passed the mot fine,just a couple of advisories,but nothing serious.
well the wishbones and track rods seem fine,so I'm still pondering over the noise i get when i turn the steering, a kind of dull thud as soon as i turn the wheel one way and then again when i bring the wheel back, i don't get any other sounds coming from the steering so I'm stumped?! can anyone offer any advice?, or should i just put it down as one of the quirks of Italian car ownership?
just tried it without engine running (no power steering) and it still thuds once when turning the wheel and then once when turning back again, can anyone shed any light on my particular problem?, thanks for your input wrinx, but i'm hoping its not the rack! i'll look at the track rod linkage, and underneath in general tomorrow.
Had the car up on axle stands tonight and moved the road wheels by hand,and it seems i have a duff nearside top suspension mount (nice one jimy bob!). so any one know what this is likely to cost? i'll be replacing both sides up-front for uniformity,but won't be doing this until i get hold of some lowering springs anyway.