solved my first electrical problem - interior lights
I bought my first Alfa this week, a 2k GTV ts in red. Actually I was sent out shopping for a little sports car for the wife and the budget, and the desire to get something that wasn't a rust bucket narrowed it down to an MGF, an MX5 or the GTV. A quick spin in an MGF ruled those out and the wife isn't keen on MX5's so that left the GTV. Hopefully I will get to drive it quite often as well because it is a great car.
I took a mate along who knows a bit more about Alfa's than I do and he said it looked pretty good so between us we managed to knock the seller down to a sensible price. I drove it home in the dark and found my first problem the next day.
The main interior light would not work. Luckily I also noticed that the lights under the doors would not switch off. Fortunately the problem was easily solved after a bit of poking around with the multimeter. The bulb for the interior light was a bit tarnished at the contacts and was not connecting properly. Once I cleaned the ends of the bulb up it all worked properly. I have owned cars before where the indicatlors will flash very slowly when one bulb is out. I'm assuming that the interior light system, in a similar way, needs a certain current to trigger the time delay for the lights. With a bulb out there is not enough current for this to happen.
Fortunately a quick and easy end to what could have been a frustrating series of flat batteries had I not noticed the lights under the doors. Lets hope all problems can be solved that easily.