I've recently bought a 1997 Ford Mondeo estate turbo diesel.
In normal cuising mode she drives like a dream. But put her idling or driving in low gear up a mountain road and within minutes coolant is pouring (and I do mean POURING) from under the engine by the right wheel (basically directly underneath the water pump?).
The odd thing is that the temperature guage by this stage is nowhere near the red...it typically starts when the dial reaches the letter 'o' in the 'normal' on the guage and the dial has never risen beyond even the half way mark.
Give the car tme to cool down either by switching the engine off or driving her downhill or picking up speed back to crusing speed (40mph plus) and the dial quickly drops back down again and the car stops leeking coolant.
I don't know much about cars but all the possible reasons that I've seen for coolant overflowing are the result of the engine overheating for one reason or another. So why is mine overflowing when the dial is nowhere near the red?
The only thing I can think of is that the guage is not working properly and the engine is far hotter than the dial is showing.
Or am I overlooking another possibility?
Any suggestions as to what may be causing the problem and solutions would be extremely welcome!
PS The coolant tank definately has no leak and I recently changed the coolant just in case there might have been a problem with the coolant itself (it didn't resolve the problem).