Driving in an Alfa
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: South proper Southampton
Well........didn't know before but Alfa Romeo Spiders are self healing, well almost anyway.
Before going to work this morning I flipped the bonnet and lightly eased off the quick release clip and pushed it down hard before tightening it again, I was 99.9% sure it was hard down anyway but it did seem to lock a tad tighter so off I go, umm not so many warning lights and she was running as sweet as all the way in to work.
I reset the clock and date and and I left her in the hope it would all still work coming home, blow me down with a feather, the only warning I still have is the engine management light and great drive home.
Now I have a theory....my battery terminals are well greased as should be and I'm wondering if with that icey cold morning the terminal slightly contracted and the quick release lifted and slid on the grease giving a poor contact.
The bit that doesn't stand up is he fact that I cleaned the terminal and refitted the quick release several times and I still had the problem.
Another thing I can understand is why she was running so rough.
I'm from the old days when it was fairly easy to look after cars as first things you would check were spark plugs, leads, distributor cap and rotor arm, all a battery would do was run your starter, lights and radio/cassette (remember those)
I have swapped engines, gearboxes rebuilt engines etc in the past but I don't have h first clue with he modern set up, there's just too much to go **** up.
Its fingers crossed for the morning when she has a trip to the body shop
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