Testing my patience - V6 not firing
My car has broken down again and is unfortunately living up the stories of Alfa reliability. At least the turbo has gone in my Dads BMW to stop him being smug when the inevitable ‘I told you so’ line arrives!
The first thing I did was check on here for advice, but there wasn’t anything conclusive for my situation so for the benefit others who may find themselves in a similar situation, thought I’d contribute my findings:
So, the symptoms: The car started and I drove around 20m before the engine cut out. It turns over but does not fire. No faults recorded by the ECU but it appears to be fuel starvation.
Roadside things to check (as per the list of the AA machine):
• Check fuel cut off switch. In right hand drive cars (possibly too for left hand drive), the fuel cut off switch is directly under the passenger seat. You’ll probably need to pull a piece of carpet which is bent into a right angle away where you’ll find a black button to press.
• Check inertia switch. This yellow button is found under a cover in the engine bay by the battery.
• Check the fuel pump relay located in the fuse box in the engine bay. Try swapping this over with the rear fog light relay. (Sorry, only know their locations by sight but hopefully would be in the manual).
• Check to see if the fuel pump is priming when inserting the key into the ignition. (It was a little noisy where the car was so difficult to hear).
None of this worked so the car will be on its way to the garage shortly so hoping the fault can be diagnosed and fixed easily! I notice another thread on here about the fuel filter being clogged but don’t want to jump to self diagnosed conclusions just yet.
One way to save some fuel at least!