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#16 Nathan_M

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:42 AM

Just checked the oil and it's clean as a whistle the level didn't go down again in the coolant and upon arriving home I can see a small red patch on the floor which looks like it's coming from the expansion area or the drivers side, might leave it a few days to see if it carries on, I also stood round the back and it didn't smell sweet so it looks like a silly little leak, water pump or reservoir are my bets now.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 12:16 PM

Hi

Although it is a low milage car, it is over 8 years old

In cold weather, springs can be brittle, with the state of the roads, etc broken springs are common on 8 year old cars of all makes

All dealers charge £80 or more for a diagnostic - this is not exessive, its good practice to find out what is wrong with the car before spending un- nessesary money on it - you can buy your own code reader if you like, i have one for sale -

Again, the car is over 8 years old, it has gone through 7 british winters etc because of the low milage, it probably has most of its original (8 year old) parts on it, it is debatable whether you are better off with a higher milage example as long as it was well- maintained - often very low milage cars are neglected (why is the milage so low?)

It is important to use the correct type/ maintain the correct concentration of anti-freeze/ coolant

Overall, Fords tend to be more (or as) reliable/ cheaper to fix/ easier to obtain parts than many makes of car, in my experience

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:17 AM

Change the expansion tank cap. They are only a few quid and should be changed fairly regularly. This will rule out any pressure issues that would cause the coolant to boil of at a lower temperature.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 12:03 PM

Thanks for all of the help, i wouldn't have thought that it could be the cap to be honest because it only leaks at night when its been sat for a few hours and this morning there was a small wet patch again on the right hand side but i didn't need to top up the tank because it was still up, so its either dripping very slowly from the water pump or an exit pipe from the tank, its just winding me up because every morning i go and look and it doesn't seem to be damp or wet anywhere, i might un bolt the resovoir later on and see what the bottom of that is like, you wouldn't know if it will move without having to disconnect the hoses?

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:00 PM

It appears to be the water pump, its leaking like a trooper and is at the garage now, place your bets for the next problem.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:51 PM

Fingers crossed its ok now lol

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:16 PM

Fingers crossed its ok now lol


Its my wallet that will need repair now. A whole month without incident will be nice, i think i might take a plank of wood to bed to be safe.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:38 PM

Have you considered taking the wheels off your car and attaching them to the plank of wood? Might be a more reliable ride? Haha :lol:

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:55 PM

Have you considered taking the wheels off your car and attaching them to the plank of wood? Might be a more reliable ride? Haha :lol:


My luck it would get woodworm. :( She's alright :wub:

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 04:31 PM

She's back and has stopped bleeding, I'm back in love again, thanks for the suggestions.

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