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post 18th November 2019 06:54
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I recently purchased a 1998 Alfa Romeo 1.7L 16v (19/10/19). I took a shuttle bus from Christchurch, New Zealand and travelled south to Dunedin. I met the owner's son at the bus stop. The owner's son had driven his father's car to Dunedin to sell. I drove the Alfa home to Hamilton. Hamilton is in the North Island an hour and half's drive from Auckland New Zealand's largest city. The trip was part of my holiday and added at least 21/2 thousand kilometres to the odometer which now reads 109,000.
I want to flush the radiator which has rust, change the spark plugs and change the oil. To save costs I am going to do this myself.

I will drain the coolant from header tank and radiator and introduce distilled water which I will circulate until the water is cleaner. I will then introduce the coolant.
No doubt others have drained the radiator on their car and removed and replaced the spark plugs.
Can those more knowledgeable than me offer any advice to make this work easier? I have neighbours at the front constantly working on their B.M.W.s and so have an added source of advice and tools to borrow.
Brent, Hamilton, N.Z.

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post 18th November 2019 10:05
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Hey Buttons!

welcome aboard!!

any chance of a pic of the beast??
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post 18th November 2019 11:41
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Welcome, is it a boxer engine ?
I should think spark plugs and coolant drain should be pretty straight forward
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post 18th November 2019 19:30
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There are coolant drain plugs in the block on the boxer engines, though there are also oil drain plugs in the same sort of area and unfortunately, the picture in the manual doesn't clear things up very well:

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The spark plugs on the left hand side of the engine are easier to access but quite deeply recessed so you will need a selection of suitable extensions to go with your spark plug socket. The right hand side is much tighter and may require using a few smaller extensions, adding them as you need to as you might not have enough room to swing a longer one in. I seem to remember being able to access the rear right one (cylinder 4?) through the nearside wheel arch so you might find going in that way easier.
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post 28th November 2019 06:31
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QUOTE(waynedear @ 18th November 2019 11:41) *
Welcome, is it a boxer engine ?
I should think spark plugs and coolant drain should be pretty straight forward


Thank you for your reply. Yes, it is a boxer engine.
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post 28th November 2019 06:51
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 18th November 2019 10:05) *
Hey Buttons!

welcome aboard!!

any chance of a pic of the beast??


Thank you for replying Dante. Bear with me while I get the pics loaded:[attachment=Attached Image

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Thank you for replying Dante. Bear with me while I get the pics loaded:[attachment=Attached Image

And the pics are not very clear. I will upload some other ones soon.
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post 28th November 2019 09:28
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looks like you are having a bit of trouble attaching stuff there, Buttons.

you know you can use 'Choose File' then 'UPLOAD' which appear under the text pane on the right, when you add to the thread?


Proteo Red- a classic Alfa colour!
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post 29th November 2019 20:02
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 28th November 2019 09:28) *
looks like you are having a bit of trouble attaching stuff there, Buttons.

you know you can use 'Choose File' then 'UPLOAD' which appear under the text pane on the right, when you add to the thread?
Proteo Red- a classic Alfa colour!


I didn't know that and so appreciate your advice. The photos are being sent to me from the website 'TradeMe' which advertised the Alfa.

Dante I was stunned to see that online there is even advice on how to replace the cover for the cigarette lighter and and ashtray. A lug must have worn and so the cover doesn't sit back but that I will not change.

I want to first replace the coolant. Another contributor has said there are both coolant and drain plugs at the base of the engine and so not to confuse the two.

Next week I take the car for a Warrant of Fitness. I will ask the inspector why, when there is a groove on the wheel in front of the air conditioning condenser, there is no second belt there. Also one of the belts is bit tacky so perhaps a little bit of oil leaking from somewhere. The oil level, however, when I returned 2,500km from the bottom of the South Island to the top of the North was the same. Things leak as they age; the same thing will happen to us!
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QUOTE(Buttons @ 29th November 2019 20:02) *
I didn't know that and so appreciate your advice. The photos are being sent to me from the website 'TradeMe' which advertised the Alfa.

Dante I was stunned to see that online there is even advice on how to replace the cover for the cigarette lighter and and ashtray. A lug must have worn and so the cover doesn't sit back but that I will not change.

I want to first replace the coolant. Another contributor has said there are both coolant and drain plugs at the base of the engine and so not to confuse the two.

Next week I take the car for a Warrant of Fitness. I will ask the inspector why, when there is a groove on the wheel in front of the air conditioning condenser, there is no second belt there. Also one of the belts is bit tacky so perhaps a little bit of oil leaking from somewhere. The oil level, however, when I returned 2,500km from the bottom of the South Island to the top of the North was the same. Things leak as they age; the same thing will happen to us!



These are the pictures you asked for Dante. The car passed the warrant. The front left brake pads are not releasing and so the front wheel doesn't move freely. It could be the caliper piston. In this case I will have to source another one. anyways, here are the pictures:

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post Yesterday, 20:47
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hey Buttons!

Wow- thanks for posting these pictures!

What a lovely example!

If you've got the initial 2500km 'commute' out of the way, then things can only be easier from here on in!

A front brake-calliper is a small price for true road-worthiness; lucky you.

How do you mean, regarding the ashtray? Will it not stow-away upwards?

You've got these wonderful boxer-trim details of matt-black internal & external door handles- I love it.

An oil change an a coolant swap will do wonders for it- are you missing an electric-mirrors controller there?

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QUOTE(Buttons @ 8th December 2019 02:56) *
These are the pictures you asked for Dante. The car passed the warrant. The front left brake pads are not releasing and so the front wheel doesn't move freely. It could be the caliper piston. In this case I will have to source another one. anyways, here are the pictures:

Nice example, thanks for sharing.
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