Is three Alfas too
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Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: United Kingdom
Alfa 156 1.8 TS running temperature problem?
When I got my 156 1.8 TS, the temperature gauge barely moved above 50 degrees.
It's been fitted with a quality thermostat (not a nasty Circoli Eurocarparts one that I've heard nightmares about!). The temp gauge fluctuates slightly but, generally, it's running at 70 degrees or just above. I've been told (in no uncertain terms) that is should be running at 90 degrees and should stay there.
I've got another post about fuel economy on here and am wondering if there is still an issue. I'm going to get it 'plugged in' on a multiscan ECU to check the actual temperature to establish whether the thermostat is opening up at the right temperature.
If the car is sitting still, it will climb to 90 degrees and the fan cuts in just above this temp as it should. A bit baffling really as the temp gauge wasn't working at all and now it sort of is but, from what I'm told, is not reading correctly! So how do you check on a multiscan if the car is idling - as the chances are the temp will climb to 90 degrees and everything will be reading correctly! Getting a bit hacked off with this and hope it won't be one of those ongoing issues!
Not sure what else to check unless the brand new thermostat is faulty (seems unlikely). The car has new pink paraflu antifreeze and has had a new radiator at some point not long before I purchased it!
Any thoughts / views / experience of this appreciated!
Rockin' all over the road!