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Offline lloyd

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Re: Chattering/squeaking when idling from cold
« Reply #15 on: February 11, 2010, 06:42:53 pm »
mine had been doing this but not heard it for a couple of weeks now

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    Offline duncs04

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    Re: Chattering/squeaking when idling from cold
    « Reply #16 on: February 11, 2010, 08:59:07 pm »
    i created the video so that i could email it to my dealer instead of driving the 120 mile round trip, because when i got there last time it stopped doing it as it had been driven for 60 miles! sods law! lol

    After speaking to the service dept earlier, they told me about the alternator freezing due to the water from the scuttle tray dripping onto it, which is causing the belt to skip and not grip. And that there is a mod for it, as mentioned in this thread.

    Unfortunatly they havnt seen it yet, as they couldnt receive the video file because i was too big (over 10mb), so i had a smart idea and decided to post it on youtube, but guess what? they cant access it from work! lol So its taken me all day to find somthing to compress it to below 10mb! eventually did it and emailed them it, will call them tommorow to see if they have had a look at it.

    I have to admit, its a pretty annoying noise, especially when you are driving around at low speeds in car parks and everyone looks at you! haha

    I really dont want to take the car in though, because i really dont want to be driving a 1.2 punto around, especially with how far away the place is! wouldnt mind a like for like curtesy car!

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    Re: Chattering/squeaking when idling from cold
    « Reply #17 on: February 17, 2010, 08:47:02 am »
    I have been thinking about this for a few days, after being told that it is probably the alternator freezing up, i decided to park my car in the garage over the last week just to see if it made a difference. My garage has a heater in it, and is heated at a constant 7-8°C, (it never drops below 6°C). But it has made no difference to the noise that is being made from my car at all, if anything my car has got worse. So as a result of this I cant see how it could be the alternator freezing. I got to work this morning and the car sounded like my 1972 beetle, with the noise comming from the belt.

    Has anyone else heard anything different or had this problem fixed by abarth?

    My car is booked into the dealer on the 1st april for this problem, but im not holding out much hope as I asked them to look at this when my car went in for abs failure and they said it was fine.

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    Re: Chattering/squeaking when idling from cold
    « Reply #18 on: February 17, 2010, 10:43:00 am »
    Ive noticed this too will get one of the techs to check belt tension

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    Re: Chattering/squeaking when idling from cold
    « Reply #19 on: February 21, 2010, 10:14:00 am »
    Ive still got this on mine despite the dealer sayings its been checked and is ok