Join Date: Jun 2012
County: Australian Capital Territory
2000 Alfa Romeo 156 V6 Engine Heating up
I have recently started having issues with my car. I was away overseas for a while when a friend of mine took the car for a drive & met with an accident. The insurance covered it and the radiator was replaced during the repairs. Since I got back I've been having trouble with the engine temperature heating up frequently. The first time it occured, the temp maxed out and the red light went up. I pulled over, and let the car cool down a little bit. Took the car to safe location and noticed that there was no coolant. So topped it off with water, which made things a little better. Then took the car to my mechanic, who flushed the cooling system and topped it off with coolant. He did mention though that it was hard to flush the cooling system. I am still having the same problem after this, but when I turn the heater in the car ON, the engine temperature would get back to 90. I have noticed in a few forums that this could be the water pump. When I contacted my mechanic, he mentioned the same. But he also said that this issue was common in Twin Spark/ Selespeed editions. He also quoted me around AUD 1500 for this job of replacing the water pump. Is it that expensive job to do? I'm not sure if it could be the same problem. Any advise and expertise on this matter would be much appreciated. I love this car and I dont want to sell it off for this issue.