I have a 1998 2.0TS with 107,000 miles.
Having read some threads, it seems I have a water pump or thermostat or radiator failure or all three!
Any comments or confirmation of this would be gratefully received.
In winter and from cold the needle sits at 50(sometimes just under). Goes to 90 when in heavy traffic and up and down either side of 90 with the fan and general traffic movement. I have been experiencing higher temps in recent months. I was stationary the M25 in 32 deg heat a few Friday's ago when it nearly got to the last line on the dial! Just about to pull over and switch off when things got moving again and it went down!
There is some corrosion to the rad vanes but no leakage. The engine does whine more than others I've heard, which makes me think the pump's gone as I've read elsewhere.
I've had the car for 2 years since 72K and I think the rad's original.
Try replacing the thermostat. The low temperature is a sure sign. But be prepared for a new rad as well as anything over 4-5 years is going to be suspect. Particularly if previous owners have used tap water and live in a hard water area.
Welcome to the forum too!!! The guys are going to want pictures of the car!!!
Goes to 90 when in heavy traffic and up and down either side of 90 with the fan and general traffic movement.
I don't think this problem is caused by the usual thermostat issue, which I & other have found to be opening too soon, therefore keeping the car temp too low. Your temp seems to be up to temp at all times & over temp other times.
It is possible that when your replace the rad that the thermostat will have to be changed too as the flow will be alot better thro the new rad & this will expose the thermostat as been faulty too.
Take David C's advise, replac eboth, a thermo is approx €50 & 1/2 hours extra work when you have the rad out.
I still advice to change the inexpensive thermostat first, and IF it does not help, then replace the radiator!
But that's just me
If he was doing this in the middle of winter you have a point, but his current problem is that the rad isn't cooling enough because all the fins between the water channels are missing.
But the thermostat is stuck open too, which was causing his winter issues.
Thank you everyone for your responses, I am indeed pointed in the right direction.
Unlike some of you diy'ers, I cannot afford to wreck my car with my mechanical dabblings so I will have to take it to garage.
I have a few options, but if anyone knows of a good alfa man in the Winchester area for this and future reference please let me know!
Winchester eh - I'm in Kings Worthy myself!! Sadly my Alfa is new and the last time I owned one I lived in Kent, so can't help with local specialists. There is a place called Black and White (or similar..) near Newbury that I'll look into when my car is out of warranty, they claim to have Alfa-trained mechanics and good knowledge, they have been an AR specialist for some time...
When my car was up for it's last service I called Black & White for a quote. They were no different in price than the Basingstoke main dealer so I ended up taking to there instead. I have heard good things about B&W however so might be worth a try.
Now that the 159 is coming apparently the dealer/service structure is being improved. Can't get much worse.