Got a distressing phone call from my wife this evening. She was driving along and her temperature gauge started rising over half way. She has a 2005 mk2 1.6 ford focus titanium, and it's been pretty much trouble free unit now. When I arrived the fans were going ballistic even with the engine off so I popped the bonnet, and noticed straight away that there was no coolant at all in the coolant bottle. I've filled the coolant bottle to get her home and the temp gauge was fine, but I did notice a smell of coolant whilst driving. When I got home and had the car in idle on the driveway, there was a distinct water trickling sound within the car. I looked in the footwell and water/coolant seemed to be dripping from somewhere behind the dash into the footwell, not loads, but enough to wet the carpets. I also looked under the car and noticed that there was a little pool of water, not directly under the engine, but set back a bit to where the exhaust pipe straightens out from the engine. Thats all I could see as it was getting dark.
• Overheating engine
• Loss of Coolant
• leak coming from behind the centre console on dash inside the car
• Pool of water under car
If anyone else has experience this problem, can you please advise. I'm gonna have a look at it tomorrow in the daylight, but if anyone can give me a heads up on what it could be, at least i have some ammunition to fire at the mechanics if I do need to take it to a garage.