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Fro
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Registered: 20th Jun 06
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3rd Apr 07 at 14:41   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Would this definately be head gasket or could it be something else



[Edited on 03-04-2007 by fro-dizzle]
Dean_W
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3rd Apr 07 at 14:54   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Not definatley, but probably.
Fro
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3rd Apr 07 at 15:06   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Poop Weird thing is none of the fluid levels have dropped, is it possible moisture could have got in from somewhere else?
Dean_W
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3rd Apr 07 at 15:24   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I have nearly the same problem. Some moisture on my dipstick. But, no mayo anywhere else. The best thing to do is a compression test.
corsasriboy
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3rd Apr 07 at 15:32   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

i've got that!!i wouldnt worry about it.i got mine checked by a mechanic with 20years experience and he said not too worry.may be worth preparing for if it does go but he said u dont really want to be taking the head off if you dont need to.if it aint broke dont fix it!!!
Dean_W
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3rd Apr 07 at 15:41   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Dean_W
The best thing to do is a compression test.
conor62
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3rd Apr 07 at 15:54   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

mite sounds stupid but what exactly is a compression test?
mattk
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3rd Apr 07 at 15:59   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Its just condensation, I bought my 1.2 eightvalve with the oil cap like that with the attitude if it goes il get it fixed,

I had it for a year and a half and did 20,000 miles in it with out putting a drop of water in it, Oil was changed obviously

It will go away in summer when the air is a bit dryer
Vaux Lad
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3rd Apr 07 at 16:13   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Thats nowt, just condensation as already said.

Headgasket would be much worse than that.

Mine has had a oil cap like that for months now, it uses no oil or coolant.
conor62
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3rd Apr 07 at 16:16   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

what about this? its the coolant lid..

Vaux Lad
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3rd Apr 07 at 16:24   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Looks entirely normal in my opinion.

Just keep an eye on it make sure it doesn't get worse.

With a blown headgasket, the oil/water contamination will be much worse than a small bit on the oil/coolant cap.
conor62
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3rd Apr 07 at 16:26   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

u dont know how much a relief that is to hear som1 say that lol then why would it be overheating? thats the bottle.. and sorry for hi-jacking your thread fro dizzle...
mattk
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3rd Apr 07 at 16:29   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I would be over heating cause the water doesnt stay in the cooling channels around the cylinders, it mixes with the oil and gets every were
conor62
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3rd Apr 07 at 16:32   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

sure if it looks normal it wouldnt be doing that would it?? im not sure...
Vaux Lad
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3rd Apr 07 at 16:37   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Whats the coolant itself look like?
Clean?

Or crappy and oily,lol


Overheating could be a dodgy waterpump, or jammed shut thermostat, overheating dont always mean HG.

[Edited on 03-04-2007 by Vaux Lad]
mattk
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3rd Apr 07 at 16:38   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

will have all shit floating in it as well
conor62
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3rd Apr 07 at 16:40   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

looks kind of murky or somthin smells kinda fishy too..
Vaux Lad
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3rd Apr 07 at 16:40   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Fishy is normal,lol.

Whats your oil cap like? Clean?
conor62
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3rd Apr 07 at 16:46   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

fishy is normal? thats a first lol
oil cap is spotless...
mattk
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3rd Apr 07 at 16:48   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Looks like you have nothing to worry about then
conor62
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3rd Apr 07 at 17:04   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

nice one... just need to worry about the overheating now.. would running it on super unleaded have anything to do with it? as i recently stopped using the regular?
mattk
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3rd Apr 07 at 17:11   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

when is it over heating, and how badley
conor62
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3rd Apr 07 at 17:14   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

well its overheating just when driving and sitting idleing its going right up to 100 and just above... im out tonight for our normal tues nite cruise so if it overheats much i'll take a few pics and post em up i'll take a few of our tues nite meets too.. n show u lot wat its like in belfast lol
mattk
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3rd Apr 07 at 17:17   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

normall temp with the blowers off should be between 90 - 95 degrees,

When its sat ideling its deffo going to go up to 100 after a while cause theres no air blowing through the radiator ( untill the fan kicks in at 100 and pulls some through )
conor62
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3rd Apr 07 at 17:19   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

fans not very strong... it shouldnt do any damage till its in the red though should it?
thanks for the help by the way folks

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