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Hmmm Why did this happen...

Hi all! just joined this forum.. been reading for a while and gotten some great info but this is my first post!

I bought a very cheap Alfa 156 Sportwagon 2.0TS.. sounds good so far except that last week it overheated and broke down, the RAC man was certain the head had blown but after having a look in the light of day a pipe had just blown off the radiator, its attached through this 90 degree connector (see picture) which despite being wrapped with many dodgy cable ties was off at an angle and leaking.

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has anyone else come accross this part before.. mine is just a push fit with no clips or anything to hold it in place, is this right or is mine broken?

secondly (and hesitantly) could a blown cooling pipe be a symptom of a blown head gasket (if it was leaking between a cylinder and the cooling system I think this could build up pressure)?

Many thanks in advance!
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There's a fair bit of pressure in the cooling system, probably blew off owing to the cable ties. Refit it using decent jubilee/hose clips.

If it goes again it could be symptomatic of a head gasket issue, let's hope not.

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That connector should have a circular metal retaining clip with it, it is supposed to be self sealing but it is common for them to leak when refitted, a dab of silicone all around the inside flange should do the job
Yours is broke and i doubt wether jubilee clips will do the job as it a push fit with the metal ring just holding it in place
They are available from Alfa indies or main dealers and come complete with the bottom hose.
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The clips are fairly easy to bend and it's probably fallen out/been thrown away. Don't think you can get the clips separate.
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I'd be thinking where else has he cut corners, a well cared for car will command a fair price and be easier to
live with (easier on the pocket too), a neglected car will be cheaper used, but will cost far more in the long term.

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Thanks guys! roeburndale you're a star.. was starting to wonder if I was going mad! Well I'll get a new one, get it on then see what the engines doing. Still bracing for the worst but at least I'm on track now!

Thank yoooouuu!
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While you are at it, check out the condition of the radiator - they are notorious for rotting out at the bottom - fins corroding - which leads to overheating also....

Bit worrying that AA guy didn't spot a hose off!
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Its actually had a brand new radiator, can't have been more than a couple of months ago. I'm thinking that whoever changed the radiator lost the clip then did a proper bodge job! Car overall has been really well looked after, considering the age its in amazing shape
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Hi and welcome Robin.

Add some pic's for the car for us all to see.

As for the pype fitting, I'd just get a new one and pop it in. No point mucking the the busted one.

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