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166 and cold weather

The prolonged cold seems to be bringing the worst out in my 166....

- broken frozen in off position (at least)
- intermittent climate control faults (due sticking flaps or relays)
- dipped beams stopped working today
- intermittent asr warning light
- boot frozen closed
- petrol flap frozen closed

Anyone else experiencing problems....

My wifes avensis sails through it all with no problems...
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The prolonged cold seems to be bringing the worst out in my 166....

- broken frozen in off position (at least)
- intermittent climate control faults (due sticking flaps or relays)
- dipped beams stopped working today
- intermittent asr warning light
- boot frozen closed
- petrol flap frozen closed

Anyone else experiencing problems....

My wifes avensis sails through it all with no problems...
None of that so far but you're up the country a little - I think it might be colder by you...
Seized handbrake was the only thing so I've taken to leaving car in gear without handbrake when it gets very cold...
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I think my Handbreak cable bit the dust today. I was driving the missus to work this morning and when i got home the handle went to the roof.
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I think my Handbreak cable bit the dust today. I was driving the missus to work this morning and when i got home the handle went to the roof.
Don't know if this helps but when I got my 166 4 years ago I had to change both of mine anyway as they were slightly seized and failed NCT.

I'm guessing for next NCT in 2 years I might need to change them again - think its one of those things...

So short answer is that sooner or later they may have needed to be done.

It could always be worse - you could have bought a Beemer!!
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I think my Handbreak cable bit the dust today. I was driving the missus to work this morning and when i got home the handle went to the roof.
Too many weetabix?
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There not that pricey anyway to buy handbrake cables. Our 166 hasn't moved and neither has the 156 due to the crap on the roads.
 
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There not that pricey anyway to buy handbrake cables. Our 166 hasn't moved and neither has the 156 due to the crap on the roads.
Your babies huh?

I went to work in my 84 Sud - no problems... Thank God...
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Well the 156 is mint underneath and don't need all the salt and crap ruining my freshly painted bumpers which cost about a 1/3 of the price of the car and also the fact I don't need to drive it have a company yoke to let the salt ruin thanks lol
 
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166 = Siezed handbrake cable (learned to leave it down in frosty weather) wipers gone mad, termostat faulty (engine temp is running at about 55 deg (makes for a not so warm heater) Engine management light on (car was running in limp mode today) but everything may be working perfectly tomorrow!
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Change the stat and it won't be running in limp mode it does that to protect itself bud.
 
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I bought Alfa Diag and a diagnostic cable, just need to get the laptop to recognize the cable!!!
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The old man will be able to sort that pop down to the house when the weather gets better and he'll sort it
 
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The prolonged cold seems to be bringing the worst out in my 166....

- broken frozen in off position (at least)
- intermittent climate control faults (due sticking flaps or relays)
- dipped beams stopped working today
- intermittent asr warning light
- boot frozen closed
- petrol flap frozen closed
Climate control faults may also be ralated to the temp sensor on the drivers door mirror - clean the ice off it and see.....

The ASR light is only coming on to let you know that the ASR is active and applying traction control. Should light up if you give it too much welly and spin the wheels.

You're doing better than me though. I've had to be rescued from a ditch that I slid into. Haven't had the courage to examine the full extent of the damage yet but I'll be needing a bumper and fogs anyway

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My wifes avensis sails through it all with no problems...
Wake me up when you get there
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Sorry to hear that Mo, hope it isn't to bad.
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I must say the little Mito has played a blinder in this weather, stick it into all weather mode, all the electronic gubbins kick in and it is as sure footed as a mountain goat. ABS and traction control lights twinkling on the dash give a festive feel as 'the little car that can' struggles for traction on icy hills and finds it. I bet its big sister is just as good.

On Sunday I parked toward the bottom of a hill at night and didn't notice it was a sheet of ice. Got back to the car and the guy in front of me, in a Glanza tried to pull off, wheels spinning and going nowhere. He had to be pushed the whole way up. I considered reversing down the hill but decided to give it a go. Wheel spin for a secon and then traction and drove the whloe way up without incident. I love this car. Go baby alfa
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Sorry to hear that Mo, hope it isn't to bad.
Thanks Gav, it could have been worse I suppose - no one was hurt and I didn't hit anyone else.
But I will be needing a bumper, fog light, air intake box mount and flexi pipe, radiator and the cross panel that it all mounts on

Bought a pair of snow socks today for the 155 just to be safe
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166 = Siezed handbrake cable (learned to leave it down in frosty weather) wipers gone mad, termostat faulty (engine temp is running at about 55 deg (makes for a not so warm heater) Engine management light on (car was running in limp mode today) but everything may be working perfectly tomorrow!
Had something similar recently when the temp sensor stopped working engine mgt light came on and was in limp mode - temp guage dropped to 50 (or less)...
Gerry in TI diagnosed and fixed it...

Re the external temp sensor on door mirror, mine had shown as little as -40C so I know its knackered but it still heats up the car no problem - not sure it makes any odds...
Be gentle now lads I know I'm no expert!
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Didn't go out in Sun today!


Thats some sun
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Mis quoting again! You're some boyo!!
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But I've got a horse outside
And do you wear a plastic bag over your face?
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You have a brayzillian accident dont you ?
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You have a brayzillian accident dont you ?
Dermo, I'll give you that one - that's funny....

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