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Well, this could be it, the final nail in the coffin of my V6 156. I started her up today, she made a random noise with the fans, i turned her off and she continued to run for a few seconds....

I then started her up again..no problems. On returning to the car later in the day she wouldn'y start up, nothing, nada, zilch. She's just had a new battery put in but i'm sure that aint the problem, the ignition fuse just blows every time i turn the key.

Now i'm in three minds 1) get an auto electrician out(any recommendations for one in south essex/east london?) and keep her

2) plead someone to take her off my hands now!

3) get her fixed and trade her in for somehting that doesn't require a new credit card every six weeks!

any suggestions guys for what i could do to test for problems myself? the thought of a major alfa electrical problem doesn't surprsie me but i think me and my bank manager are scared at the prospect! I have a multimeter and aint a complete moron would but appreciate some tips and advice!

Cheers...

Gav
 
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At what point does the fuse blow?

When you turn the ignition on?

or

When you turn the key to the start position?
 

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Yes. sounds like something that can be fixed relatively easily.
 

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hi,

you turn the key as far as it goes and you do get all the lights over the dash but then the fuse goes pop and it doesn't fire.

its on an s plate with 58k, i had the engine rebuilt at about 50k.

i guess the nail in coffin is that every couple of thousand miles something random seems to happen and its always something new!

but i do love driving it soooo much!

cheers again
 
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It could be the starter motor, it might be either the motor or solenoid short circuit to earth, if you disconnect the large cable (direct from the battery, so disconnect there first) and the small wires from the starter motor, replace the fuse and try again, if the fuse blows its wiring or ignition switch, if the fuse doesnt blow its the starter motor.
 

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..make sure all the electrics are off and try it again. i had a very similar situation.. it turned out that the light/indicator switch had deconstruted itself.

went like this.. tried to start the car as usual.. as soon as the starter would start to turn all the electrics died. i usually leave the light switch at the "dipped-headlights" position rather than "off" (for daytime lights), and once the switch was turned back to "off" the car would start fine (with a new fuse).

of course i didn't cop this until after the car was towed.. and changing the light switch meant removing the steering wheel too.. :rolleyes:
 

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Hi all,

i want to disconnect the starter motor to see if the ignition fuse blows again to determine if its the starter motor(which was only replaced 6 months ago) or somehting else in the wiring. This was a per someone else suggestion in this thread

Can anyone help me out wiht how to do this? I havn't been near the car for two weeks and am gonna find it difficult time wise to get it up to my alfa specialist as he is miles away!

Also if anyone knows any auto electricians near grays, essex i would appreciate any recomendations

cheers

gavin
 
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