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Hi have just joined the Alfa owners club, PLEASE HELP. I would be v.grateful if any body can give me any advice.

I have recently bought a Alfa 156 and experiencing rapid Coolant loss and Overheating! I am very worried as i have spent most my money on the Alfa and have limited funds to carry out major

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Driving home from work , i noticed the temperature gauge rise very quickly to the maximum temp, steam was coming from the bonnet. I turned on the heater to maximum put it on hot, however strangely cold air came out and this made no difference to the temp.

I pulled over into a garage which lucky was about a mile away,after checking under the bonnet everything seamed to look ok. I checked the water level and it was completely empty. So started to put some in as i did a leak emerged from the radiator which quickly empted onto the engine.

I put some Radweld which appeared to work so i waited an hour temperature decreased and i attempted to drive home. The heating started to blow out hot air. So things seemed ok.

After about 5 miles the car started to do the same thing, Overheating, i put on the heating Hot air came out but did not decrease the temp!

i called the AA they advised to tow me home and for me to get the vehicle checked as it could be anything.

I have since been taking the train to work 23 a day! Not sure what to do - spoke to a mechanic he has advised replacing rad and quoted 360. I am not sure why he has advised this as rad appear to be OK now.

Car appears to heat up water v quickly and then loses all water as soon as engine is turned off!

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Have you checked out the tech section for your 156? lots of good info and a much better place to post q's. http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-147-156-and-159/
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