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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2005 6:30 pm 
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Left my car round my mates, for about 24 hours. When i reversed out i noticed a puddle, so i drove home round the corner the coolant tank was empty.

It had been checked about a week before and was a bit over the max.

Filled it back up and driven about 7 miles today and no problems so far, drives smooth temp gauge is fine. Rad seems fine, and so are the hose to rad connections.

I put a superchip in about 3 days ago and done a couple of 0-60's and my dad said i might have done something to the head gaskit??

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2005 6:41 pm 
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might be a worn water pump, see if its leaking from around one of the pulleys, where the fan belt sits cause thats were the water pump is and might be leaking from there.

Also mate this should have been posted in the technical forum, thought id just try and help mods :D

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2005 6:45 pm 
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yeah there was water (as you look from under the car) on the black plastic alternator cover.

haha, didnt even see the tech forum! how long have i been here!


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on the drive belt\alternator cover was where my leak was running on and it turned out to be the water pump mate. If your not doing it yourself then it might be an expensive job, think i paid around ?300 supply & fit for a newen.

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i better hope there isnt another puddle come tomorrow then, hasnt leaked yet since i refilled. ?300 :shock:

End of month my MOT, Insurance and Tax are due. Was going to get a new cam belt as well so could do without a ?300 reapair as well!


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If your getting the cambelt done then get the water pump done at the same time to save money, When i had my waterpump done they had to remove and replace the cambelt even though i didnt need one, so my ?300 also included the cost of a cambelt change, so it might not be that bad if you were getting a cambelt change.

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not to sad them, because new belt is about ?200 anyway i think. Cheers 4 ya help mate.


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yes mate alot of the cost is labour time, so if they are there doing the cambelt then it should only be the price of the waterpump and maybe 1/2 extra labour time costs. See if you can get it looked at first and make sure it is the waterpump before you go and pay for a newen. Pretty sure its the pump from what you said though mate.

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my dads mate can take a look soon i hope.


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Make sure it is your waterpump and not a cheap pipe first. The leak I had was the lower rad hose, where it connects at the t-section near the top on the left. You couldnt see the leak to start off with, but I obviously knew about it as it got worse and could see the coolant coming out. The way it dripped down was then onto the alternator.

Its quite a common part to go apparantly, as the hose section is kind of moulded on, and this just disintergrated on mine.

This is just another option for you rather than splashing out on the waterpump only to find its not that, but only a simple pipe :)

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Actually just checked my invoice for the job and it was ?260.32 with a discount of ?14.85 as im a AA member and it was carried out by them. From what i can gather looking at the receipt they charged me ?75.08 for the cambelt kit and ?110 labour. ?51.59 for the water pump and ?38.50 labour. so a little bit cheaper than the ?300 i originally stated.

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well it has not leaked since, gauge is still on max :? Bit weird


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think that part that des is talking about is leaking on mine as my pump was pissing out so changed that but there is a really small leak still but is only there every now and again
would take around 3 months to empty the whole system if i didnt top it up weekly
might go get one this week and fit it :)

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You may find that it only leaks when you have been driving a while, and everything is very hot. Mine was like this, it would go for a while without leaking, then a long drive later, it will start slowly leaking, and when you stop it will pretty much empty itself.

It's very random, so is a complete pain in the arse. :rolleyes:

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where can i get a new hose.......trip to fords or will halfords do? How much roughly? Sounds like this is the problem rather than the pump.


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EvilDes wrote:
You may find that it only leaks when you have been driving a while, and everything is very hot. Mine was like this, it would go for a while without leaking, then a long drive later, it will start slowly leaking, and when you stop it will pretty much empty itself.

It's very random, so is a complete pain in the bum. :rolleyes:


yep same as what mine is doing!!!

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dads mate puts it up on ramp and ran it for ages and said it was dry as a bone.

driven to work and back twice (about 50 miles total) and the bastard tank is empty again :x

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