Alfa Romeo Forum banner

1 - 14 of 14 Posts
V

·
Guest
Joined
·
0 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
This may be nothing to do with Jemma and Pete's problem, so I've started my own thread!

Got my car a week ago, so far the speedo sticks on 60mph, so will have to be replaced I think.

But something else that's already been happening is the most bizarre, peculiar sound from, seemingly, behind the steering wheel: a buzzy, vibratey sound when turning the wheel and giving it some throttle - almost like a demented wasp. The further the wheel is turned, or the more throttle given, the worse it is. A perfect example is going round a RAB a little briskly...buzzzzz! WTF is that?!!

Any ideas, anyone?
 
D

·
Guest
Joined
·
0 Posts
Discussion Starter #2
Ah, the dreaded 'DASH RATTLE!', :eek: Apparently alot of 156's have this problem, my old V6 used to have it coming and going though, not sure what it is exactly though, :confused:
 

·
Vendor
Joined
·
46,115 Posts
Its not a groaning from the PAS pump is it? Does it do it when stationary if someone moves your steering wheel from lock to lock?
 
V

·
Guest
Joined
·
0 Posts
Discussion Starter #5
I'm wondering if it is the pump - the sound seems to only happen when moving and giving it some throttle.

Where is the pump situated? How is it reached, via the engine bay or the cockpit?
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
9,721 Posts
I wonder... turn the air blower off completely, then go for a drive, if the buzzing stops then it's possibly the ventilation fan moving in it's mounts or a worn spindle on it.
 
V

·
Guest
Joined
·
0 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
Good point Smaky, will try that.

Popping into Jamie Porter anyway on Monday, he'll have a little look for me while there as well.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
107 Posts
VO2 are there any other alfa specialists around our way? Are Jamie Porter competitive prices?

I understand your near Bishops Stortford?
 
V

·
Guest
Joined
·
0 Posts
Discussion Starter #9
Yes, just south of Stortford. He's the closest guy of any quality that I can think of - and he is one of the best.

Good prices, exemplary work.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
107 Posts
Ive used 'Ron Emerson' of Trimms Green, Sawbridgeworth for a timing belt job in the past - very reasonable and hes Alfa trained :)

Good to know theres such a well regarded Alfa specialist near by, will take this into consideration when the next problem arises (!)
 
V

·
Guest
Joined
·
0 Posts
Discussion Starter #11
Ooh, good to know about another good local guy too, for the odd smaller job like fitting brake pads etc! Trimms Green? I'm in Sawbo, but never heard of it! Where dat den?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
107 Posts
Im in Sawbo too, if you see a y reg blue 156 make sure you give us a wave :thumbs:

Trimms Green is on the way to Green Tye, hes got a workshop in one of the old hangers at RAF Sawbridgeworth, which is just off that brilliant twisty b road you can use to get to Thorley (play barn ring any bells??)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
356 Posts
Hi just been reading your comments my 1999 spider has a sqeaking noise that occurs when turning the steering wheel on looking at work done prior to me buying the car last month this was supposed to have been fixed at Jamie Porters by fitting a new airbag ring anyone heard of this also my airbag warning light is on constantly this was also supposed to have been reset I live in Edinburgh so no point in taking it back to him are any of these things serious and how do you cure them.Must say though Jamie did a complete engine rebuid on the car just over a year ago and it drives faultlessly.
 
V

·
Guest
Joined
·
0 Posts
Discussion Starter #14
I wonder... turn the air blower off completely, then go for a drive, if the buzzing stops then it's possibly the ventilation fan moving in it's mounts or a worn spindle on it.
You wonder dead right Smaky! :thumbs:

How bizarre! Only really seemed to happen on right lock (eg on RABs), not on left lock. Anyway, I thought I'd give it a try so there I was, getting strange looks from people as I sailed round a RAB about 14 times :lol: . 'ZZZZZ' went the steering column, '**** you, grrr!' I thought! But I turned off the fan and blow me (pardon the pun) it went!! I tried different fan speeds but the same noise, whatever setting. But with fan set to off, off went the annoying wasp - infact, maybe there is a wasp living in there and it p*sses him off when I operate the fan?
I didn't try different direction settings, face, middle and feet etc, but I don't imagine that would make a difference, there's only one fan, routed in different directions, yes?

Many thanks indeed Smaky! ;)

Hopefully a new fan won't be too expensive, any idea anyone? Interior (and exterior) facelift 2005 156.
 
1 - 14 of 14 Posts
Top