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Old 06-25-2004, 00:02   #1 (permalink)
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confused Using alot of water, but it aint a head gasket

In the last 300 or so kays, i've lost about 1L of water. Ofcause the first thing you think is head gasket, but I got a test done about 2000k ago (about 4 months), but came up with nothing. The car doesn't seem to be down on power, not using more petrol, not running rough at all, stays at normal temperature, and the oil is clean, no milkyness. It just likes to have a drink.

Is it possible that the water is running out of the overflow on steep hills? I live at St Lucia, which is rather hilly (I swear some are at 45 degree angles), and this is where around 60% of my miles are done. Any ideas? Cheers.

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Re: Using alot of water, but it aint a head gasket

well if you wish to rule out the head, then welch plugs could be the go, maybe the ones behind the motor, right where the gearbox is, so would all drip out underneath and you wouldnt know really.

check the little bleed back hose, mine had a split, very tiny hole, and was losing some water that way.
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Re: Using alot of water, but it aint a head gasket

take it into a workshop and get it pressure tested... Thats reallly the one way to be 100% sure you have not got any leaks
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Re: Using alot of water, but it aint a head gasket

Will do. I'll park it afcing downhill, get under the thing and check them. I'm not totally ruling out the head, but it just doesn't seem logical to go that fast in such a short space of time.
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Re: Using alot of water, but it aint a head gasket

Just rang dad and I think he hit the nail on the head. As I only bought the car 7 or so months ago, I haven't had a chance to use the heater, and prior to that its been sitting in the car yard. What he seems to think has happened is the water has evapourated out of the heater resevour tank and when I started using the heater again, the tank had to fill back up, hence alot of missing coolant. Seems very plausable. I'll be on water check for the 350k trip back home on sunday ever 50k or so, just to be certain though.

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