Summer's here - roof
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: United Kingdom
New (to me) Alfa Spider - Dead Battery - What To Do?!
Hi All! This is my first 916 area post but some of you may have seen my posts on 166 and 147 related stuff as I have previously owned them.
After 2 years without my own Alfa, I have recently come back into the fold and bought a nice 2001 Spider (TS). Iím pretty pleased as it was a good price, is in good condition (well, see below, not quite trueÖ!) and I bought it from a very helpful chap. At present itís sat in my Mumís garage. I currently live in Italy (and will do for the next 12 months until my work contract finishes) and itís my intention to drive it out here for use on trips / weekends away etc until returning to the UK.
I return to get it on the 3rd of February. I asked for her to start it a couple of times a week just to get oil moving round the engine etc. However, yesterday when she tried she couldnít get in the car off the remote. She used the key to open the car and when she tried to start she said the whole thing was dead, no dash lights, nothing.
First of all I am assuming (hoping beyond hope!) that this will be a dead battery. It is very cold up north at the minute so this cant help. Also, I have read on here that there is a chance that the stereo cabling can leave lines live without the ignition, so a small current can be drawn when the car is stoodÖ The last time she started it was the 4th...
My main question to you guys is, should the car stand until 3rd Feb when I get there and put in a new battery, can any problems occur with the keys / immobiliser etc or would it be better to get someone to replace the battery in the next few days and keep it turned over on a more frequent basisÖ?
Hope you can alleviate some concerns as itís my intention to pick up the car and immediately drive it the (circa) 1000 miles back to Milan!
History - 1999 156 2.0 TS - 1999 GTV 2.0 TS - 2000 GTV 2.0 TS, 2000 166 2.5 V6 24V - 2002 147 2.0 TS - 2004 147 2.0 TS
Current - 2001 Spider 2.0 TS, 2006 Jaguar XK8, 2006 VW Golf GTi