Fond Memories of an
Alfasud 1.5 Ti
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: United Kingdom
No ABS, No VDC/ASR or Hill Start when Freezing
OK, it was Boxing Day and -8 degrees and the car (159 Ti SW, 58 Plate) had been sitting in those temperatures for a couple of days, in a fairly exposed position.
I went to start it and a succession of messages appeared. No ABS, No VDC/ASR and No Hill Start - I live in the Chilterns,...the car seemed to drive fine in the snow though I went slowly and I have got used to the skitish grip given the uneven (+low) tread on the the tyres (see other threads). I kow it was Boxing day but I hadn't been on the sherry, honest!
This happened over the next couple of days and as the outside temperatures warmed to around freezing the warnings didn't come back. The handbook says "take to the dealer" and I haven't.
Question: should all these driver aids (ABS, VDC/ASR, Hill-start) be affected by sub zero temps with wind-chill about minus 10-15 degrees? Should I go to the dealer if it's been OK for over a week?