Okay, just updated 124 Basic Rules top of page one........to include Replacement Battery Best Buy (UK) and some good advice on running your A/C to stop seals drying out......Cheers
You will probably get a chuckle out of this one, Ron! And I don't mind if you give me some "Told ya so! 😁". (put a "dummy" on the end if you want!) Here in Maine, with all the corrosion causing salt on the roads and not wanting my Abarth going the way my original 124 Spiders did, my car spends the winter in storage at Portland Motor Club. When the fine people there went to start it up to take it over to the Portland Detailing area, it would crank over nicely, but would not start. I sent them a link to Ameridan's site explaining the procedure. Still no go. So I went in with a neat little pistol pump oiler "PT / Performance Tool #W54265", (www.wilmarcorp.com). This little 6 oz. oiler has a metal flex spout with a fine brass tip on it that will open the check ball on the brick and push oil in past it with very little loss over the top. I can confirm that the engine will first crank quickly as there is little compression, then cranks normally a bit, spits and sputters, then finally runs. It took 5 ounces of the Pennzoil 5w-40 I use, and no more, to get it running. Now, the fine people at Portland Motor Club will start my car every couple of weeks until things warm up here - about May 1 - and I can't wait!!
Well CD, If you get as far south as Orange County when the border opens, look me up. I would be happy to buy you one of our craft beers with some Mexican food. We don't have "pints" though. I've had my two jabs of Pfizer vaccine and we are heading rapidly for herd immunity.I can't wait for the post COVID opening of the border again, as I'm really itching to do the Pacific Coast Highway run in the Spider.
Hi Doug....Yes, The North American lads have stated same as you in the past (in this thread also I think) that they do not get the same "Premium" fuels as we do in UK...so you are "Spot ON" with your statement that they should buy the highest octane rated fuel available, our UK owners manual states the grade but it seems the North American issue has to report as it finds......The battery in my 2018 Lusso (actually purchased from the dealer in late May 2019) is a sealed unit and specifies on the battery that it is "Maintenance Free."
As to your specification of the octane rating for US models, the highest that you can get in California is 91 grade. I have seen nothing higher than that in western US states. When you travel to higher altitude areas, the highest octane ratings available drop. We have vast areas at 4000 to 5000 feet above sea level - eg. Northern Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. I believe that I remember Interstate 80 through Wyoming (last traveled in about 1974) being at 8000 feet above sea level. I don't remember the octane levels in those areas but they were lower than here in California at about 200 to 500 feet above sea level - of course California also has higher altitude areas. I would advise 124 owners to just buy the highest octane rated fuel available in the US.
The batteries in both of my key fobs died about a week ago. I had to start the car with the key up to the start button. On the first try, the starter motor ran, but the engine did not fire. I think I removed the fob from the start button too soon. On the second try Sophia fired and purred like a kitten.
I also had to open her with the manual key. That triggered the alarm. Of course nobody around cared a bit about a car alarm.