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Re: 1.6 Cabrio

thats a good plan, that or spend a while cutting, soldering and heatshrinking wires so you can relocate it somewhere else perhaps? no idea where but its a thought.
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Today's update: After sitting overnight, Bertie fired up immediately this morning. Looks like my hypothesis might be correct. There is no evidence that my heater matrix has leaked as there is no sign of water on the ECU, it just seems to be affected by dampness in the air. However, if I replace it, I will either keep it protected in a plastic bag, or consider relocating it. I think it should be possible to relocate it on the bulkhead behind the glovebox, as this would not require any modification to the loom.
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well keep us posted chap, and get some pics of your solution
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I have bought a replacement ECU for 25 from a Punto Sporting. I looked at locating it on the bulkhead, but I could not mount it high enough because of the heater blower assembly. This would leave the ECU vulnerable to damage from feet as it would intrude into the footwell. My solution was to replace the ECU in its original cradle, but in a plastic bag to protect it from any leak from the matrix above. The original ECU is now a spare, kept in its own plastic bag in the boot.
Took the car out for a little blast this evening and it seemed very lively. I suspect this is because the new ECU is from a 1.6 Sporting rather than a 1.6 ELX. The new ECU is a rebuilt unit from ADT which came from a scrapped Cabrio.
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It's been a busy time recently, so Bertie has had little attention, other than a new MOT in March. I had to vacate my workshop, so sold one of my Renault 17s and found a new (much smaller) lock-up for my restoration project 17. This left me with all my spares, which are now all stored in my garage, which was home to Bertie, so he is now sitting on the driveway.
Gave him a good clean today which included giving the roof a good scrub. I cleaned it with tent and gazebo cleaner, then re-proofed it with Renovo. It's come up like new. It was then time for a blast round some country lanes with the roof down.
I have had an issue with the new ECU. It starts fine, but after about 5 or 10 minutes it stutters a bit. If I am on fast road, I barely notice it, but the EML comes on, however, if I am in town the engine dies at low revs. Once it gets past this phase it runs perfectly. I will take it to my local independent Fiat/Alpha specialist to get the codes read. In the meantime, I have refitted the original ECU in its plastic bag with silica gel.
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Plastic bag trick seems to be working well, so I decided to turn my attention to the bodywork. For the last two MOT's I have had an advisory about corrosion near the seatbelt mounts, so today I got underneath to have a look. Indeed there is corrosion on the reinforcing plates mounted to the floor. With wire wheel I set about the nearside removing the remains of the underseal and surface corrosion. I then treated it with rust killer, primed and painted it, then an application of black waxoil.
The offside didn't look so bad, but when I looked closer, although less extensive, it was more serious, with a small hole forming close to the sill and another small area of rot in the floorpan adjacent. I could bodge it, or I can cut out the rot and weld in new metal. I will do the job properly, so need to remove seats and carpet before welding. However, it will have to wait a couple of weeks as I have more pressing jobs on my Jag at the moment which means it has temporarily been reduced to a single seater!
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New day and a new problem. Sorted out the welding on the floor at the weekend. Disconnected the battery while welding and reconnected it the following day. While the car was raised I thought I would check the exhaust for leaks, but when I started it seemed to be only running on 3 cylinders. I thought this might be due to damp weather, so left it while I put the interior back. When I started it to move off the ramps it appeared to be only running on one cylinder and unable to move under its own power. I have swapped the coil and the ECU, but it makes no difference. Today has been dry and I have had a heater under the engine with the bonnet open to remove any trace of dampness. I will try again later to see if there is any change.
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Everything is nice and dry now, but the problem persists. I have a spark at the plugs, I have a pulse at the injectors and the fuel pump is working. The engine has suck and squeeze, but little in the way of bang!
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Not sure whether anyone is interested in an update, but you're getting one anyway.
Went to look at new cars today and when we got home I thought I would give Bertie another try. Same as before, turns over, tries to fire, but only manages to limp on one cylinder, then suddenly we are firing on 3 cylinders and pretty soon it is back up to 4. It is now running smoothly and quietly.
Still going to get a replacement as Mrs Renaultvation needs a reliable car. Bertie will be kept though and put in semi-retirement, but can spend winter in the garage.
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Drove Bertie from Suffolk to Lincolnshire and back via the A1 today. He didn't miss a beat and pulled like a train. I was being followed by a young lad in a Fiesta up a long hill near Stamford at about 60mph when the car in front pulled over. I put my foot down in 5th and he just pulled away from the Fiesta and I soon had to lift to avoid exceeding the speed limit by too much. I know a lot of people are not fans of the 1.6 engine, but I find it has plenty of grunt across the whole rev range and is not phased by hills.
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