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Old 07-18-2009, 04:23 PM
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Loosing water!

OK I have had to top up my water like every 3-4 days! Anyone know whats up? A leak? or somthing more serious?

I'd appreciate some help.
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Re: Loosing water!

They're stealing your water



could be a leak
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Old 07-18-2009, 04:37 PM
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Re: Loosing water!

you're talking about your coolant right? is there any wet spots under your car? is your exhaust abnormally white? check around the engine bay for wet spots. jack up the car and look at all your connections for wet spots. hopefully its leaking externally as opposed to into the combustion chamber.
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Re: Loosing water!

?? Like to help but you have to reply and tell us if you have a wet spot under the car, or if your temperature runs hot while driving. You can have many problems.

1. You could have blown a gasket and the water is now mixing with your oil and ruining your engine (check your dip stick is it milky looking or do you see water beeds on the dip stick?) * this is bad by the way * Are you a third gen owner? I bought a 3rd gen off a guy that drove his around like this and threw the #2 rod and piston through the front of the motor.

2. Your T stat is stuck closed

3. Your radiator is serious obstructed by something

4. The list goes on and on dude

Help us out give us more details.
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Re: Loosing water!

Sorry mate i'm in UK time. I left it for 8 hours while at work and there was a wet patch. I did check the oil and it looks good. I filled the water up this morning, drove 5 miles to work and 8 hour later it needed an extra 500 - 600mls. Not good. How would I go by finding out where the leak is? to me it looks like it's coming from the rad, but can't be to sure.
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Re: Loosing water!

Can you tell if the water is coming from the front or the rear of the motor? Rear meaning the side the oil filter is on. There is this long tube running down the back side of your motor coming from the water pump housing. That runs along all the way to the top end of your tranny. There you will find your lower radiator hose willl connect with your metal tube that runs back to the water pump housing. Check that clamps to make sure its tight look under that connection and make sure no coolant is pooling up or if it wet under that hose.

If its not wet there, look at the upper radiator hose where it connects to the thermostat housing left hand corner of your valve cover now look down and you'll see where that hose connects same check for tightness. Also while checking your hose if the car engine is hot wear gloves inspect the hose for dry rot and or leaking. Some of those old clamps are spring loaded you might need to replace them as they get older they loose their tension and may leak around the clamp. Also look down towards the bottom left side while facing motor to the wing nut looking screw thats the drain plug for your radiator they sometimes work themselves loose (make sure its tight) Now I had this problem just on the other side bottom of the radiator look down and you'll see a plug connected to electric fan switch mine was broken and leaking (had to replace my radiator ) Another place to look is at the timing belt cover where the fan belts are, there is this black plastic cover that houses your timing belt. Now if its wet up there you will be needed a water pump very soon. If this is happening I suggest a complete timing belt, water pump, and tensioner change.

I hope this info helps.

One thing you can do is place a piece of cardboard (clean) under your car when you park it, check on it after a couple hours and see if any water has fallen and see where it landed then look directly up and describe in a post where that is and I can better help you out. Also note if the car only seems to be leaking water/ coolant while running or if it leaks even if the car is not running.
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Re: Loosing water!

Thanks Rob. Been really bust at work and going to bed now but i'll check tomorrow. That was real good of you, thanks
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Re: Loosing water!

OK I just got my car back from the spray shop and I checked where you said and everything seems to be in order. I brought some Radweld and i'll putthat in when I get some time. Does any one know the capacity (in litres) of our cooling systems?

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