Engine Warning and Oil Lights
Hi all, just joined the sight as there seems to be a lot of useful stuff about working with Alfas. I live in Botswana, and brought my Alfa down here from the UK. All good until I realised the nearest dealer is in Johannesburg, 4 hours away!!! I have a 159 JTDM 2007 automatic.
I had an oil change warning so took it to a good mechanic I know here, a British guy who works on BMW, Mercedes, Rolls Royce, Ferrari, Audi, Porsche etc and he changed oil and filter (brought filter with me from the UK).
However, this hasn't cleared the warning and it appears there is no 'manual' reset like there is on 156s and BMWs etc, so my first issue is I need to clear that.
Also, I have a 'check engine' warning which I think is the dreaded and often discussed lack of power/EGR/DPF/regen issue. I have tried a blast down the road in 4th gear at 2000-2500 rpm and noticed after a while it shuddered and seemed like it could be doing the regen but still the light is on. When pulling off from still at roundabouts, lights or junctions it can be extremely tough to get going. Having read a lot of threads I think it's the EGR valve and I'm going to try the clean up method tonight. Will let you know if that helps.
For me to be able to check the diagnostics, or at least clear the warning lights can anyone recommend some plug in cable and software? I;ve looked at the Auteltech site and also downloaded Fiat ECU Scan, which is best and is there a cable I can buy that plugs from laptop USB into car diagnostics plug?
Hope someone can help!!!