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Electronic key popped out with engine running

Just had two gremlins crop up on my 159 one pretty minor one possibly hugely dodgy

1. display is showing that I have possibly got a number plate bulb out, when in fact its a headlamp bulb that has gone, not the end of the world and I can forgive it.

2. My digital key sprang out of the dashboard and the engine continued to run, now this happened outside my house so I simply pressed the start button to kill the engine put the key back in and off I went....but what would have happened on the motorway would the steering lock have engaged if I'd changed lanes???? without the key in its holder. I have noticed another thread about this, does anyone know what the situation is regarding safeguards on this system.
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Re: Electronic key popped out with engine running

The engine stop does not work unless you have stopped the car with the correct procedures,it should flash on the dash that the steering lock is not on.
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Re: Electronic key popped out with engine running

My car has been dropping out while ideling, (I have another thread about that). Its only done it a few times and always while stationary.
but I too wonder what happens if it does it while I am moving as I lose steering and whatever the hell it is that powers the brakes, they work but it feels like trying to stop a Mack truck with BMX brakes.

I find the concept of driving along and suddenly being without power, steering or braking to be quite scary.
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LT... Hunter had that happen to him too as he reversed off his driveway (I assume this is the thread you are referring to ) but I'm not sure if he had it checked out or not!!
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LT... Hunter had that happen to him too as he reversed off his driveway (I assume this is the thread you are referring to ) but I'm not sure if he had it checked out or not!!
I'll check this morning and feedback Alfas comments
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Just had Alfa on the phone they have really looked into this one with there technical guys.......Its trouble!!!!!!!! there is a chance the steering lock can come on if the key pops out which wouldn't be funny on the M5, so if you have experienced this get to a dealer!!!!
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there is a chance the steering lock can come on if the key pops out which wouldn't be funny on the M5
I for one will not being travelling on the M5 from now on then

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Just had Alfa on the phone they have really looked into this one with there technical guys.......Its trouble!!!!!!!! there is a chance the steering lock can come on if the key pops out which wouldn't be funny on the M5, so if you have experienced this get to a dealer!!!!
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Bugger the M5, I've got to go to Milton Keynes on Wednesday 500 roundabouts and I'll be waiting for that dead mans click on every bl**dy one of them
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Bugger the M5
I pretty sure you won't be travelling to MK if you do that LT as I'm pretty sure it's against the law !!

The only issue I've had with my key it it switching the electrics back on for a split second whilst taking the key out !!

You could always tape your key in before setting off !!
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Alfa have just called back, he knew I was miles from any dealerships, and that I needed to go on a business trip this week, so he looked at the route I was taking and gave me two alternative dealers that I would be passing, the names of the contacts at the dealerships and offered to phone through and explain the situation so I could drop of my car and pick up a loaner !!!!!!!!!!!

I am the biggest teddy throwing grumpy old man in the world but service like this needs a big pat on the back so .....if Alfa U.K are reading this, your guy Sam Brandon in technical deserves his salary being doubled and an 8C as his next company car bloody well done!!


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Alfa have just called back, he knew I was miles from any dealerships, and that I needed to go on a business trip this week, so he looked at the route I was taking and gave me two alternative dealers that I would be passing, the names of the contacts at the dealerships and offered to phone through and explain the situation so I could drop of my car and pick up a loaner !!!!!!!!!!!
I am the biggest teddy throwing grumpy old man in the world but service like this needs a big pat on the back so .....if Alfa U.K are reading this, your guy Sam Brandon in technical deserves his salary being doubled and an 8C as his next company car bloody well done!!
... well done Sam @ ARUK
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