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Thanks alfa 4 ever I took it with the iPad while taking the dog for a walk in Cornwall (obviously the car is posed). Pic was edited using Adobe Lightroom App.
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and the birds did a passing pose for you aswell
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Started it. (We've been in France and Spain for the last 26 days.)

A hesitant initial turnover, then fired on the third crank. Excellent. Nice to be driving again after almost a month of humping that heavy FJR around with full luggage and a beautiful blonde on pillion. Upside: averaged 56 mpg.
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Starting to discover the maintenance proofing built in to the 159. Recently replaced whatever dipped beam bulbs were there with Bosch Pure Light. Easy enough to do, and dipped beam lighting is now much better.

So today I look at replacing the main beams. The near side is clearly going to be hard, hemmed in as it is with cables, but the off side should be ok. But no. I can see the clips with mirror and torch, but whatever way I push and pull, the bulb stays firmly clipped in. Then I take a closer look, and the bulb is H7, same as the dipped beam, not the H1s I bought from Halfrauds. Failed. Not happy.

Put the cover back on, clear the tools away, and shut the bonnet. Bang! goes the safety lever and rattles down somewhere below. Luckily there is enough of a stub to still open the bonnet. Ah well, just have to put up with the patchy main beams. Two more jobs for the 'next service' list.
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Dashboard lights

Hello this lights just came on today, does anybody know what they mean? Also the gas gauge stopped working
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From the manual:

ASR SYSTEM
(WHEEL ANTISKID
SYSTEM)
(amber)
Fitting the key into the ignition device
the warning light turns on, but it should
go off after few seconds. The warning
light flashes when the system cuts in, to
alert the driver that the system is adapting
to the road surface grip conditions.
ASR deactivation
When the ASR is deactivated manually
(pressing the ASR/VDC button) (see
paragraph “ASR system” in section
“Dashboard and controls”) the
ASR/VDC button turns on (on versions
fitted with “Reconfigurable multifunction
display” symbol Vis also displayed).
ASR failure
In the event of a failure the ASR system
is deactivated automatically and on versions
fitted with “Reconfigurable multifunction
display” the symbol Vis displayed.
In this case contact Alfa Romeo
Authorized Services as soon as possible.

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Think the technical term is RTFM

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ASR SYSTEM

(WHEEL ANTISKID

SYSTEM)

(amber)

Fitting the key into the ignition device

the warning light turns on, but it should

go off after few seconds. The warning

light flashes when the system cuts in, to

alert the driver that the system is adapting

to the road surface grip conditions.

ASR deactivation

When the ASR is deactivated manually

(pressing the ASR/VDC button) (see

paragraph “ASR system” in section

“Dashboard and controls”) the

ASR/VDC button turns on (on versions

fitted with “Reconfigurable multifunction

display” symbol Vis also displayed).

ASR failure

In the event of a failure the ASR system

is deactivated automatically and on versions

fitted with “Reconfigurable multifunction

display” the symbol Vis displayed.

In this case contact Alfa Romeo

Authorized Services as soon as possible.




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Think the technical term is RTFM







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Thanks Lussoman and Giblets 46. I took my car to the dealer, I hope it won't need spare parts, here in Mexico sometimes it can take up to 6 months to get them. Crazy isn't it?
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Think the technical term is RTFM
Ha ha!
Well I was going to put exactly that, but didn't think it was good manners with Alfaromeomexico being a new member!
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Today I have mostly been buying a low mileage 2010 159 Ti 2.4JTDm in Carbonio Black.
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Picked up my Brera S from Veloces. Now to see what they did and didnt do on the service
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I replaced the batteries in my Key fobs. Uses CR2023 s. There's a nice little "how to" on YouTube. I didn't know they came open so easily.
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Got my159 off sorn . started using her still drives nice for a 9 year old car gonna keep the old girl won,t get a audi a3 now as the 159 only worth 3 bags of sand. Might as well keep her, ggotta change g,box oil when my digit fixes back on.
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Found out the hard way the bluetooth OBD dongle I have stays on all the time...car left 5 days out the house = flat battery. Jumped it using the missus Clio and drove it like I stole it to recharge the battery, I do love driving the car like that (on occasion)
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Had her splattered last night by some high flying bird or could have been a flock of the things, nothing heavy in one spot but all over peppered so she had the usual weekly wash and for good measure another layer of Harley wax, gave the inside a good go over as well.
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Had a few panels sprayed by simply alfa also managed to locate the prodrive certificate picking it up tomorrow
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Finally got around to lifting the frame around the inspection hole under the drivers side mat. It had partially dropped into the recess. Of course, I couldn't see it with the mat covering it, but.....I knew it was there and that alone was annoying me. One of those things that so easy to do, but never really got round to fixing it. Job done ! Now.....need to try and figure out what that annoying passenger side clunk clunk on roads not quite smooth.
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Success! Finished the job I gave up on last week (http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/13759506-post3903.html (What have you done to your 159/Brera/Spider today?)). Went to Halfords for the right H7 bulbs in exchange for those they sold me first. Then back again to get a new undamaged Bosch bulb instead of the used failed Osram they'd fetched for me (should have looked closer at the damaged pack).

After 10 minutes studying the clips with a mirror, it seemed best to go in with a hooked wire (to see what was happening) rather than with fingers (couldn't see a thing). From there it was a few minutes to change the bulb, get it properly seated, clips back in place, and cover on. The near side was a bit harder, with the nest of cables around the back, but before long all ok and working.

This evening full beam was definitely better than before. Good job (well I think so).
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Had her splattered last night by some high flying bird or could have been a flock of the things, nothing heavy in one spot but all over peppered so she had the usual weekly wash and for good measure another layer of Harley wax, gave the inside a good go over as well.
Hope the hood wasn't targeted
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Radio Steering Wheel controls

Finally plucked up the courage (after 10 months of ownership.....) to have a further look into why my steering controls were not working. I had already done the usual fixes such as disconnecting the battery for 15-30min etc. Today I went deeper into the issue and took apart the steering wheel to see what was going on. After removing the airbag and the trim it was found to be a loose connector. I gave it a clean and plugged it back in and voilà, my steering wheel controls are alive.

If anyone is having a similar issue then let me know and I will walk you through what I did!
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Battery muncher

My 2008 159 2.4 JTDm is on its 3rd battery since Jan 2014. That's a at least one too many for normal wear and tear. Lately I had all the power on self check report that all electronic tricks were not available at first and it would not start. 4th attempt at putting the key in and it worked. Phew! I checked this battery and it was down to 12.39 volts not 12.6 where it should be.
The school leaver at Halfords used his tester which reported "Good Battery". But the machine reported 500 HCA which is way down on the rated 660 CCA. So it is deteriorating and much earlier than it should.
I did check the parasitic switched off drain - only 80 milliamps on my meter which is not a lot. Idle speed charging was 14.14 volts.
I'm about to whip the battery out and charge it for 24 hours to see if that reverses the decline.
Any experiences and ideas welcome.

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Hope the hood wasn't targeted
yep, hood and all, I use Megs hood cleaner as thats quite easy but hope I havent taken off the waterproofing treatment
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yep, hood and all, I use Megs hood cleaner as thats quite easy but hope I havent taken off the waterproofing treatment
Those damn birds should know better and go find a 3-Series convertible
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Whole DriveShaft assembly off a car that had only done 50K much cheaper than the alternative!!! that should hopefully stop her "eating spiders" every 10K
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