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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:52 pm 
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Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:10 pm
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Car Model: Alfa
While I'm here id like your advice ...

I bought an 1.9 Afa 159 which was advetised as Spares or repair due to a faulty water pump leaking water which has caused it to over heat and possible head gasket or cracked cylinder head damage.
I bought it with the intention of stripping but when it arrived its too good to strip so i changed the water pump and put on a new cam belt and ran it up to temperatue to see if it would over heat or lose coolant which it dont and hasnt lost any coolant in the 4weeks ive had it.
The car temperature sits at 90 bang in the middle of the gauge and since having it its never done a journey more that 20 miles but when getting home and pop the bonnet the engine is red hot to the touch and seems too hot for the journey that its done and i cant recall hearing the fan kick in.
After reading a few posts i checked the temp of the radiator which seems rather cool so i'm wondering if theres an air block in the radiator or the system, I know theres a bleed screw top right of the radioator but ive heard how these sieze and brake off so, my idea is to drain the system and as a precaution i'll swap the thermostate with a good 1 i have but i also want to flush out the engine and Im wondering whats the best way to flush is out as as im not sure if a piece of the water pump blade has come away and is blocking the system
Is it best to remove the water pump and stick a hose in there or somewhere else to flush it out of the water pump hole ( does that make sense ?)
Then i can refill the system hopefuly eliminating and airlock and see how we go ...
If its still the same then i'll buy a sniff test for the head gasket and if its gone then i'll strip it but surely id be loosing coolant so I'm hopefull its just a blockage somewhere
.... Its only do 81,000

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