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I have a 2002 Alfa 166 3.0 24v Super with only 60k on the clock (after a long period in storage). I have been told I have some corrosion issues and would welcome advice as I am not in the least bit mechanically minded:

1. Front cradle of radiator is badly corroded - what's the best way to address this?

2. Air conditioning is inoperable due corroded condenser. Does anyone know a good source for a replacement/part number? Some threads seems to suggest this is very hard part to replace.

3. All 4 shock absorbers are corroded. There seem to be a wide selection available. Any advice on best manufactorer replacements to go for?

Thanks in advance
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These guys seem to have most aircon parts. I don't know whether yours is a manual or auto, but that's the condenser for the manual. If you are going to swap it though, you ought to change the receiver / dryer while you're at it and you mustn't leave the system open to atmosphere for more than a few minutes, so it's best done by an auto air conditioning specialist


Worth searching online for Alfa 166 condenser, though.

Where are the dampers corroded? Is it the shiny piston rods, or the bodies? If it's the bodies, I'd probably ignore it. If it's the piston rods, they will need to be replaced. Bilstein and Koni are good. KYB are also OK.

Post up photos of the radiator mounting bracket, so we can see how far gone it is.
 

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These guys seem to have most aircon parts. I don't know whether yours is a manual or auto, but that's the condenser for the manual. If you are going to swap it though, you ought to change the receiver / dryer while you're at it and you mustn't leave the system open to atmosphere for more than a few minutes, so it's best done by an auto air conditioning specialist


Worth searching online for Alfa 166 condenser, though.

Where are the dampers corroded? Is it the shiny piston rods, or the bodies? If it's the bodies, I'd probably ignore it. If it's the piston rods, they will need to be replaced. Bilstein and Koni are good. KYB are also OK.

Post up photos of the radiator mounting bracket, so we can see how far gone it is.
Thanks very much Avocet. My car is a manual so great advice on the aircon parts.

I am not sure how far the radiator mounting bracket is corroded. Nor where corrosion on the dampers is. The car came out of a service today and this was the feedback/no photos. I was in a bit of a hurry so didn't question closely enough but will go back to the garage for more info.
 

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I don't think you'll be able to get Koni or Bilsteins as I think they are nla. But there are a range of other, lesser models out there. I'd advise against oem items and avoid Magnetti Marelli - they appear to be a good modern shock but the lower mount doesn't fit! I know, I have a pair sitting on a shelf in my garage. The Alfa Shop stock TRWs - I have their front ones on mine and they are ok. KYB as well, but have no experience of them. I'd recommend replacing the springs and bump stops while you're at it. Alternatively you could go down the coilover route - just search this Forum for details.
 

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The radiator mount turning to dust is a common issue. I have a new old stock mount for a V6 166. They are very difficult to source. However, I am based in the UK and sending stuff via post is a nightmare now, post brexit. I got charged £70 by customs for an old wiper motor posted from Ireland. However, you may hopefully find a bracket somewhere in Europe outside the UK, good luck!
 

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It makes sense to change the bracket while changing the aircon radiator as this sits on the bracket, as does the oil cooler and the engine coolant radiator. It's worth changing the dehydrator too, as mentioned, because this is a service item and once it blocks up the pressure on the high side prevents the airon. system from operating effectively.
 

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The radiator mount turning to dust is a common issue. I have a new old stock mount for a V6 166. They are very difficult to source. However, I am based in the UK and sending stuff via post is a nightmare now, post brexit. I got charged £70 by customs for an old wiper motor posted from Ireland. However, you may hopefully find a bracket somewhere in Europe outside the UK, good luck!
Thanks very much for the follow-up and sorry for slow response. Too much on.

Can I ask if the radiator mount you mention is for sale and if so what price would you be asking? I am in the UK.
 

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I have a 2002 Alfa 166 3.0 24v Super with only 60k on the clock (after a long period in storage). I have been told I have some corrosion issues and would welcome advice as I am not in the least bit mechanically minded:

1. Front cradle of radiator is badly corroded - what's the best way to address this?

2. Air conditioning is inoperable due corroded condenser. Does anyone know a good source for a replacement/part number? Some threads seems to suggest this is very hard part to replace.

3. All 4 shock absorbers are corroded. There seem to be a wide selection available. Any advice on best manufactorer replacements to go for?

Thanks in advance
The radiator cradle rusting is a common problem. I had to get one from Italy in the end. It cost me about £250. I searched everywhere for a second hand part without any luck.
 

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I have a 2002 Alfa 166 3.0 24v Super with only 60k on the clock (after a long period in storage). I have been told I have some corrosion issues and would welcome advice as I am not in the least bit mechanically minded:

1. Front cradle of radiator is badly corroded - what's the best way to address this?

2. Air conditioning is inoperable due corroded condenser. Does anyone know a good source for a replacement/part number? Some threads seems to suggest this is very hard part to replace.

3. All 4 shock absorbers are corroded. There seem to be a wide selection available. Any advice on best manufactorer replacements to go for?

Thanks in advance
WRT to the radiator mount, if it's mostly intact, and you can find someone with the kit, then perhaps having it 3d scanned and a new part 3d printed might be an option. Any rust gaps could be filled in on the scanned file before printing.

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Thanks very much for the follow-up and sorry for slow response. Too much on.

Can I ask if the radiator mount you mention is for sale and if so what price would you be asking? I am in the UK.
It's yours if you want it as the rad. bracket is good on my 166. I advise you fill it with dinotrol and give it a good coat of paint because the brackets catch the salt. Ditto with the oil cooler pipes,cthey are vulnerable to corrosion too.
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