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Wonder if you can help me, I have serious issue with my ALFA, the problem consist of intermittently losing my Wipers, Dipped-head lights, indicators anything on my stalks expect cruise control, side lights and washer jets.

I have taken it in to a ALFA dealership and they charged me £180 to tell me they don't know what is causing it but it could be the bcm or ignition barrel. I need help with this as the heavy rainfall is causing me to spend more time of the side of the road. This use to be a weekend issue but with me requiring the use of my wipers it happens more often.

Can anyone share any light on this

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have they checked ALL the fuses & connectors at the back of the wiper/light stalk on the steering column?

otherwise try disconnecting & reconnecting all the connection of the fuse box, near the steering wheel, & onto the 'body computer' which is piggy backed onto the same fuse panel.

also look at the front of the battery, there are more fuses & relays under a cover. the fuse board tilts upwards so check under neath it for loose connections.
 
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As the above checks like Lacken says.
If that doesn't do it.....
Remove the stalk assembly and give it a good clean with electrical contact cleaner on the contact points followed by a light spray of silicon lubricant on the switch mechanisms.

Failing that.....

If it was me, I would also visit a local breakers yard or obtain a used known good stalk assembly complete from ebay and replace it just as a belt and braces measure, they aren't that expensive:thumbs:

Try RWGM or AutoLusso on here, they may have one already removed:thumbs:
 

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According to the reports all wiring, connectors and fuse have been checked all ok. At this moment in time everything is working again but i can't say when it will happen again.

During the time the car was in the Dealership they couldn't get the fault to replicate. The Body computer was throwing up errors such as low voltage or short circuit something like that.

There was no sign of corrosion on the connects or around the body computer.

The issue was only a weekend thing but it is happening more often now due to the heavy rain needing me to use my wipers more.

Yesterday the stalks worked most of the morning but during a slight shower the wipers, indicators, headlights stopped working.

After leaving the car for a few hours i started it up the wipers moved slightly, headlights came on and indicators came on then went off. A min later the headlights came back on then off . After a couple of times of going off and on they stayed on till i flicked the wipers on then they all cut out for the remained of my journey.

After leaving the car for another hour everything came back on and since then had no problems using my lights, indicators and wipers.

I really don't want to throw more money at the dealership after charging me for a fault they couldn't find.
 

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All the reports from the dealership indicate all the checks mentioned and cleaning of all the connections have been done. I hope.

All the controls on the stalks apart from the side lights and washer jets don't work during the cut out. It wont even let me scroll the trip computer. Everything else works fine.
 
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Thanks for the extra detail... It sounds to me like an earthing point fault and not like a power connection fault.. If it happens again, It will be far more cost effective to take it to an auto electrician's

Many of them will diagnose the issue within a matter of minutes and give you a cost of repair based on what they find... A hell of a lot cheaper than a main dealer who, lets face it.... Aren't specialist in electrical issues if a diagnostic unit can't tell them what it is!:lol:
 

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When it happens by the time I get it to a garage all is working. Will this make it hard for an auto elec to diagnose?
 
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Not really mate, they will have the experience to know what the issue is once you have explained in detail what happens... They will see this problem on other marques too maybe once or twice a month during the winter months

My bets are earthing issue which is easily found on continuity checks... Many technicians/ mechanics won't know the difference in what currents are required when it is all working... An autosparky will and then simply trace the fault back...

let us know how you get on mate:thumbs:
 
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the most likely earth issues would be around the battery area, on the chassis leg, gear box connection, onto the engine head & could even be at the ECU itslef. There are 2 more connections inside the car low down on the 'A' pillar & 2 more in the boot near the rear lights
 
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