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Hi all,

A week since I last drove my super, I started it only to find no dipped beam lights, no wipers, no electric windows working and no exterior temp reading.
Also no aircon, ICS displaying ' momentary connection failure etc...'.
I put a new battery into the car, thought it might help as the previous battery was a few years old.

Although I don't think it's related, I got the belts done, they were changed last year but the engine was mis timed (another story) and developed a rough idle, as engine warms up, with engine light flashing. It's showing a misfire on the rear banks but all other readings, emissions etc seem absolutely fine. Current mechanic who is well respected Alfa mechanic can't get to the bottom of it. I just don't know what the previous mechanic did to the car.

Any suggestions please?

Cheers,
Eddie
 

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Hello Eddie

As far as the engine issue goes I had exactly the same problem a few years ago, multiple misfire on the rear bank and the engine light coming on. I had all sort of diagnosis done ranging from various sensors and probes to knackered spark plugs and dodgy coil packs. Turns out the cambelt wasn't fitted correctly. I had to have a new one fitted by a specialist alfa garage that used the correct cam locks and used a dial gauge to find the top dead centre of cylinder no1. Since then the engine is smooth and creamy and the engine light has never come back on in three years.

As far as the other electical gremlins go, try a complete ecu reset and see what happens.

Hope this helps.
 

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perhaps some wrote it on this forum but I do a lot of work myself on cars and on the 166 electronic faillures often occur due to problems with the heaterradiator (don't know the right English word) inside the dash. When this one starts leaking coolant it will drop on the computer which is laying direct beneath the radiator. The new 166's have protection around it preventing to get wet by coolant, the older ones don't have this protection. On the Dutch forum people go to a Chinees restaurant and order a takeawaymeal and using the plactic box as a protection around the computer, make sure you make some air holes for ventilation.
some faults due to leeking coolant on the computer: no electric windows, breaking down sporttronic gearbox, problems with cruisecontrol, and other inside electric problems and sometimes fire...........:cry:
Again perhaps you know this already but this is my experience and wanted to share.
 

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Hello Eddie

As far as the engine issue goes I had exactly the same problem a few years ago, multiple misfire on the rear bank and the engine light coming on. I had all sort of diagnosis done ranging from various sensors and probes to knackered spark plugs and dodgy coil packs. Turns out the cambelt wasn't fitted correctly. I had to have a new one fitted by a specialist alfa garage that used the correct cam locks and used a dial gauge to find the top dead centre of cylinder no1. Since then the engine is smooth and creamy and the engine light has never come back on in three years.

As far as the other electical gremlins go, try a complete ecu reset and see what happens.

Hope this helps.
Hi midlifecrisis,
Interesting that it all came back to the belt change. I need to find out if the correct cam locks were used. Thanks for the feedback. Eddie
 

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Hi,

perhaps some wrote it on this forum but I do a lot of work myself on cars and on the 166 electronic faillures often occur due to problems with the heaterradiator (don't know the right English word) inside the dash. When this one starts leaking coolant it will drop on the computer which is laying direct beneath the radiator. The new 166's have protection around it preventing to get wet by coolant, the older ones don't have this protection. On the Dutch forum people go to a Chinees restaurant and order a takeawaymeal and using the plactic box as a protection around the computer, make sure you make some air holes for ventilation.
some faults due to leeking coolant on the computer: no electric windows, breaking down sporttronic gearbox, problems with cruisecontrol, and other inside electric problems and sometimes fire...........:cry:
Again perhaps you know this already but this is my experience and wanted to share.
Hi rienk,

I think you are referring to the heater matrix. I'm secretly hoping its not that, but it did cross my mind. It's a lot of hassle to access the matrix but still not as bad as a potential fire!!!!
Thanks for the response.
Eddie
 
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