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Old 11-26-2004, 02:07   #1 (permalink)
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Summer Tips for E-Series owners

I just thought I'd post a few suggestions to new or unaware E-Series owners.

E-Series falcons a prone to problems in the warmer months of the year, follow these guidelines before summer hits and you should come through unscathed.

If you are unable to do any of the following yourself, see your local radiator shop ( these are in no particular order )

* inspect all under-bonnet hoses for deterioration, cracks or signs of leaking coolant etc

* replace thermostat with genuine item ( cooler thermostat recommended for summer months )

* check operation of clutch fan or thermo's

* check or replace fan belt

* perform full flush of cooling system

* remove and replace radiator side tanks ( if it hasnt been done since you've owned the vehicle )

* clean terminals on temperature sender unit and low coolant warning light to ensure operation

* check engine timing to ensure vehicle is operating at correct temperature

* Be sure to use recommended coolant mixture and distilled water ( do NOT use tap or bore water )

* check or renew radiator cap

* Check coolant level regularly

If there is anything else anyone can add to this please do so :)

Following the above will help minimise the amount of blown head gaskets or over-heating related dramas
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Re: Summer Tips for E-Series owners

Its always a handy idea to keep a set of hoses/belts in the boot, along with 5L of distilled water.. Never know where you could break down!!
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Re: Summer Tips for E-Series owners

another should be a pressure test, to find any small weeping leaks that a visual inspection might miss, especially the heater tap and welsh plugs
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Re: Summer Tips for E-Series owners

Spare belts and 5lts of water are always in my boot.
Some very good points there Six.
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Old 11-26-2004, 05:20   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Summer Tips for E-Series owners

as has been said, but perhaps we can go into some more detail? Looking at some of that stuff im thinking and im sure newer members are too. We're all abuot helping each other out and saving money by DIY jobs, so maybe we could try and write up some general things to look for/howtos.

Just a suggestion .
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Re: Summer Tips for E-Series owners

What is the reason for not using tap water in the radiator?
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Re: Summer Tips for E-Series owners

To prevent metal corrosion on connections etc. I'm not sure if it's relevant to our tap water, but the calcium deposits can also bugger up the water pump.
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Is that for long term tap water use, or is it something you should never use?

I currently have tap water in mine...
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Re: Summer Tips for E-Series owners

Tap water has more impurities in it.
Proper coolant will have anti boil/freeze in it (you can still boil and freeze it but at slightly higher / lower temps than water.

Have never seen my EA temp gauge point more than straight up (normal)
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Old 11-26-2004, 14:54   #10 (permalink)
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tap water has ions in it, distilled water is meant to be pure H20. The ions latch on to metal producing relatively complex oxides (along with oxygen, of course)... that is what I remeber from chemistry in high school, haha...
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