Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: United Kingdom
2.0JTS Thermostat Replacement
So, as well as having just become an Alfa owner, I have now worked on my 156 Sportwagon for the first time! I don't regularly work on cars but fancied starting to as I expect it could save me some money! I was recommended that the thermostat needed changing as the engine was not getting up to temperature. Job done and engine gets to temperature nicely now!
Now, apart from struggling with detaching all the fiddly hose clips and lossening the lower bolt, I had real difficulties with removing the electrical connector, actually it broke a bit. Everything plastic is so brittle (2003 vintage) and there didn't seem an obvious way to remove it so that eventually frustration got the better of me. How should I have removed it?
The connector does still slot in but the yellow plastic insert doesn't stay intact and the blue rubber/silicone water seal is lost also. I used a bit of electrical tape at the top to give a bit of protection but can anyone tell me if I have fubarred my car in the long run?
Also, anyone have any idea what difference in fuel economy when thermostat works/does not work?