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    Default Another bleeding newbie BX question

    I've changed the engine coolant on my 16V and am now bleeding the air out. However I've only found 3 bleed screws the one near the radiator, the one on the heater hose behind the head and one on the thermostat housing. And I suspect there is another near the thermostat housing which connects to a plastic pipe which goes directly over the thermostat housing bleed screw. However at the steel T junction which appears made for a bleed screw it appears that the plastic screw has broken off and there is just the remainder of the plastic left in the thread. If this is correct I'll have to drill and tap out the bleed fitting and fit another bleed screw.

    Its this correct or am I wandering down the wrong track??

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    Yep, this is a bleed screw.
    Originally they were a plastic headed thumbscrew with a steel thread on them. The steel inside the plastic rots and the thumbscew section just turns off.
    You can replace them with the brass allen headed ones as per most of the others in particular the one on the steel pipe at the rear of the head which runs to the heater.


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    No wonder the coolant looked as though it hadn't been change for many years.
    You have to love the little surprises waiting for you when you buy a car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperFrogger
    No wonder the coolant looked as though it hadn't been change for many years.
    You have to love the little surprises waiting for you when you buy a car.

    Ian
    You are indeed unfortunate purchasing a BX16v when you could have bought a Renault 19 auto at a 10th of the price....not only that, but a Renault 19 supported by the world's biggest parts warehouse under construction somewhere en France.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BogMaster
    You are indeed unfortunate purchasing a BX16v when you could have bought a Renault 19 auto at a 10th of the price....not only that, but a Renault 19 supported by the world's biggest parts warehouse under construction somewhere en France.
    My sister owned one for a few years and my cousin owns one ...... Renault 19's are a medicore peice of sh!t.... I'd drive a bloody Barina anyday before one of them ... Infact I'd drive just about anyhting in place of one...

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    --gutless, flat as a tack at all times unless the accellerator is flat to the floor
    --steering is shocking, about 48turns lock 2 lock ... Bloody awful to use around town.
    --Suspension is ordinary.

    Um .. good points....

    It has great Renault seats.

    The BX is a vastly supperior car in EVERY aspect, except possibly interior plastic quality, and every bit as reliable.

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    All up I took me about an hour and $8.50 to buy a couple of bleed screws, drill out the old one, and fit the new bleed screws. The hardest bit was finding my 6mm taps.

    My thanks Alan for your advice.

    I dont know if its my imagination but the car seems to go even better now.

    Bogmaster, if you are ever in Melbourne look me up. You are welcome to take the BX for a drive. I think you will see why a BX is worth 10 times a Renault 19 auto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperFrogger
    All up I took me about an hour and $8.50 to buy a couple of bleed screws, drill out the old one, and fit the new bleed screws. The hardest bit was finding my 6mm taps.

    My thanks Alan for your advice.

    I dont know if its my imagination but the car seems to go even better now.

    Bogmaster, if you are ever in Melbourne look me up. You are welcome to take the BX for a drive. I think you will see why a BX is worth 10 times a Renault 19 auto.

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    Ian
    Good result. I'd be really interested to know exactly what you bought and where you bought them - the bleed screws that is.

    Much obliged,

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    Quote Originally Posted by BogMaster
    You are indeed unfortunate purchasing a BX16v when you could have bought a Renault 19 auto at a 10th of the price....not only that, but a Renault 19 supported by the world's biggest parts warehouse under construction somewhere en France.
    Bog, I think this one went through to the keeper... for what it's worth I had a good chuckle

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    G'day John
    I went to a local European Import place in BoxHill. I cant remember their name. The sort of shop that sells Renault, Peugeot and Citroen parts and bought the brass bleed screws for BX 16v engine cooling system and fibre washers.

    Easier than falling off a log.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperFrogger
    G'day John
    I went to a local European Import place in BoxHill. I cant remember their name. The sort of shop that sells Renault, Peugeot and Citroen parts and bought the brass bleed screws for BX 16v engine cooling system and fibre washers.

    Easier than falling off a log.

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    Sounds like Caravelle from the address. Ring a bell?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenBlood
    Bog, I think this one went through to the keeper... for what it's worth I had a good chuckle

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenBlood
    Bog, I think this one went through to the keeper... for what it's worth I had a good chuckle

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