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First I suggest scanned the computer car in order to know what fault code is stored there; sometimes Autozone or AutoShop with OBD scanner reader tools make this job for free. Note the fault code number and send us for other details.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013

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SOURCE: everytime you put petrol in the car the engine management light comes on saying motor control system failure and stay on until cleared why and can it be repaired

I would first renew the petrol tank cap, or the gasket on it, if you can obtain one. Then see if the fault is cured. It is very common for a worn cap to cause the engine check light to glow, on any make.
To reset the ECU this procedure is said to work, although I think it is very weird. It would not seem to be damaging though
http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-147-156-and-gt/201163-ecu-reset-its-a-miracle-cure.html

Posted on Apr 15, 2012

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