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It wouldn't start on Saturday morning . I think I need a new battery. However I'm not 100% certain it's not the alternator. Battery charges from my charger fine. Charging voltage is just 13.6v, though that's using some cig lighter eBay cheapy volt meter and right after the car is started.
Sounds too low but a multimeter is very cheap and then you could check properly at the battery. My discharging problems were intermittent and more dramatic but you may want to check your battery cut off switch.

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Sounds too low but a multimeter is very cheap and then you could check properly at the battery. My discharging problems were intermittent and more dramatic but you may want to check your battery cut off switch.

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I have a multi-meter, I just had to find it . It's the battery. Charges at 14.2V. There is some inaccuracy in the cigarette lighter device but I now have a reference.
Had it on charge all weekend. Battery charged up nicely (I used my conditioner charger from the Spider) which has a read out of the Voltage it is putting in. Battery charges OK but the following 10 hours after it has been off charge (I tried this morning) it's almost dead.

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Bought a 2009 Brera 2.2 JTS.... Well...on Saturday I did. Pick it up on Saturday so browsing the web to work out what my to do list needs to be.
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Bought a 2009 Brera 2.2 JTS.... Well...on Saturday I did. Pick it up on Saturday so browsing the web to work out what my to do list needs to be.
Lovely, pictures sometime of course
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Installed CCTV around the house to look after the Brera and to stop anyone keying it AGAIN
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Installed CCTV around the house to look after the Brera and to stop anyone keying it AGAIN
Ba****ds !

How did you deal with the repair? Costly? What colour?

And yes, photos enroute the moment I pick it up on Saturday Wez
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Expensive Couple of weeks ...

Had a broken n/s spring so planning for the future bought springs shocks and upper arms for both sides.
Then with no warning my steering rack seals failed [It had red fluid in ... I knew this, I had no intention changing it as it to green after 9yrs as any damaged had pretty much been already done] luckily this happened when I started the car after it had been parked overnight.

Happy to say i'm now back on the road thanks to Alfaspecialists at Haslingden Lancs.

New Genuine Alfa Steering Rack-direct from FIAT
New Power Steering Reservoir
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1 x Aux belt fixed idler
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... and that all important Tutela Green Fluid

Car needed tracking, and hopefully the ride height will drop in a week or so [looks like a jacked up 70's Cadillac right now] ... but it's back on the road !!

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I have a multi-meter, I just had to find it . It's the battery. Charges at 14.2V. There is some inaccuracy in the cigarette lighter device but I now have a reference.
Had it on charge all weekend. Battery charged up nicely (I used my conditioner charger from the Spider) which has a read out of the Voltage it is putting in. Battery charges OK but the following 10 hours after it has been off charge (I tried this morning) it's almost dead.

Thanks for the info and reply
99 times out of 100 it's the battery. Still meaning to get the big Varta F19 for mine even though the Alfacare roadside assist replacement battery seems fine. At 2-3 years they just die; might as well pre-empt.
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My wife took the ti Sportwagon 2.4 JTDM to the mechanic to have the driver's side lower control arm replaced. The ball joint on the old one was making horrible creaking noises. We had the other side done earlier in the year. It was a quick 1.5 hour job. There is a problem with the headlight switch that someone here might have had experience with. The headlights are staying on no matter what position the switch is in when the ignition is on. The Alfa mechanic checked the computer and it wasn't a glitch with that, so he says it must be the switch. Is this a common problem and can it be fixed, or is a new switch required? Any help will be much appreciated.

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My wife took the ti Sportwagon 2.4 JTDM to the mechanic to have the driver's side lower control arm replaced. The ball joint on the old one was making horrible creaking noises. We had the other side done earlier in the year. It was a quick 1.5 hour job. There is a problem with the headlight switch that someone here might have had experience with. The headlights are staying on no matter what position the switch is in when the ignition is on. The Alfa mechanic checked the computer and it wasn't a glitch with that, so he says it must be the switch. Is this a common problem and can it be fixed, or is a new switch required? Any help will be much appreciated.

Spray electrical contact cleaner into the switch and vigorously switch it on and off repeatedly. < repeat until the problem is solved
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Spray electrical contact cleaner into the switch and vigorously switch it on and off repeatedly. < repeat until the problem is solved
Thanks for that. I'll give it a go.
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Day 2 as Brera owner.... Drove him down to the local asda, on way back, waved a Mito, got a weird look back
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Changed the battery. Changed the oil but not the filter. EuroCarSpares/parts or whatever they're called gave me the wrong bloody one.

That fricken lower engine cover. Almost totally held on and together with cable ties now
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First MOT as a Brera owner: front NS upper and lower wishbones, rear NS spring broken and hole in the exhaust. Needless to say the hole will be welded shut until I can afford a straight through wizard exhaust.

No point in just replacing one spring and the OS will likely fail shortly after, so sod it...going to change all 4 and have lower/stiffer sports suspension fitted

needless to say....an expensive month!
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Oh yes....and a small (I hope) oil leak, possibly boost pipe. Having Alfatechnico investigate further during the suspension work.
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[QUOTE=MrManQ;15322937]Ba****ds !

How did you deal with the repair? Costly? What colour?

This is what hacked me off the most, about a month prior to this I has the whole car machine polished and treated. So at the moment I have done nothing, luckily its only about 12" long and not too deep!
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left it with my indy. she broke down on me and i had to get her lowloaded back to the garage. looking like EGR fault.
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left it with my indy. she broke down on me and i had to get her lowloaded back to the garage. looking like EGR fault.
If you need a lift back over to Mark this week to pick her back up, drop me a pm.....I should be free for most of this week, unless the missus springs a surprise on me.
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Drove it, properly for the first time in 4 months.
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After the 20-year old blond hit me in the rear on the highway and the car needed a few layers of paint in the back, I finally picked it up after a few days. I took it to a crappy garage that is right next to my house but that I usually don't use as I have had bad experiences with them previously, but I thought: well, it's just a few scratches on the back bumper, what could possibly go wrong?

Well, here it goes: first, when I picked up the car, I noticed that the car was dirty and dusty except for the back bumper. How the hell can you re-paint a bumper without cleaning up the whole car first? Second, I mentioned to the garage owner to please have a look at the rear parking sensors due to the hit to the bumper. And guess what? First time trying to park the park, I get a notice of park sensors not available. I've never had that before, so it was a no-brainer - back to the garage again and a few angry words were exchanged.

What a waste of time... and a true note of complete unprofessionalism.

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Ba****ds !

How did you deal with the repair? Costly? What colour?

This is what hacked me off the most, about a month prior to this I has the whole car machine polished and treated. So at the moment I have done nothing, luckily its only about 12" long and not too deep!
Yep, typical.

Chipex claims to have a good solution for Alfa paintwork.
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If you need a lift back over to Mark this week to pick her back up, drop me a pm.....I should be free for most of this week, unless the missus springs a surprise on me.
that's very kind of you. thanks.
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Did a throttle body and egr valve clean. Gunk up wasn't too bad as i found out there was a official partial blank plate already fitted by the previous owner.
Also found a split vacuum hose sitting right under the egr solenoid, and replaced that.

HUgee difference! Previously i had a flat spot in the 1700-2000 rpm range, but now it pulls like a horse. I think its mostly due to the split vacuum hose messing with the turbo, because now it spools up much faster.

I'm happy now
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