Well I thought the job would take a couple of hours at most ... and I've only just finished it now (4 hours later
... I was going great guns, within 20mins I had all of the pipes etc disconnected from the old stat and one of the bolts holding it one off ... then comes the bolt underneath the stat ... well that bolt is used for both the stat and the EGR exhaust gas heat exchanger, so the first thing I thought was to just bend the bit of the heat exchanger that was attached and then squeeze out the stat, but I thought to myself that I must do it properly so I preceded on taking it off, the trouble is that in order to get the heat exchanger off you need first to have the stat off ... hmmm catch 22
so after a couple of hours of trying I just bent the heat exchanger ...
Everything went back together fine and I went to start the car ... first error I got was "Engine Oil Sensor Failed go to dealer" ... well I get those now and again anyway so I stopped and restarted and low and behold I now have oil!!! I left it running for about 5 minutes to see if it would get up to temp, but then I got VDC failure, ABS failure, EBC failure STOP ENGINE AND GO TO DEALER!!!
Checked the battery connections and low and behold one of them wasn't done up right ... sorted that and started the test again.
My old twinny would pick up temp just sitting there, trouble with a JTD is that it doesn't pick up heat quickly so after sitting there for another 5 minutes the temperature gauge hadn't move (started to think that I'd broken the gauge...) so I took her out for a drive ... within probably about 5 mins of driving was up to the magic 90deg and it just stayed there
If I'd just bent the heat exchanger in the first place I'd probably have had it done in less than an hour ...
Alfa 156 10v 2.4 JTD + AHM fitted Koni FSDs, Eibach Pro Kit Springs,
AHM 200+BHP remap, Q2, 8C Alloys, GTA lights, Leather Interior...
CarPuter Spec: Gigabyte MA785GM Motherboard,2Gb Ram,
AMD Athlon X2 5050e Socket AM2 45W CPU,
K8061 D/A converter, M4 ATX PS, 60Gb SSD, Garmin x20 GPS