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tom_simes
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10th May 07 at 15:57   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

My Corsa (X16XE) drives along at 30-40 mph at about 92 degrees, no problem what so ever.

However, on the motorway, doing about 85ish, the temp rises to a steady 95-97 degrees, and sometimes 98ish when the weather is warmer outside.

Any ideas how to solve this? I know there is nothing wrong engine wise, as the car doesnt lose coolant or oil.

Also got the water pump changed with the cambelt around August, so I assumed they had changed the coolant then?

Somebody has mentioned changing the coolant and fitting a cool running thermostat, what are your opinions on this?

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try usin summer coolant, i use antifreeze in the winter and summer coolant in the summer in my gsi, temp never goes over 90 when driving
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possibly an airlock/ faulty thermostat / coolant leak / needs a coolant change.....
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definitely not a coolant leak Dave, as the level never changes, apart from when warm obviously.

So would the best course of action be a coolant change and new thermostat?
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TBH the cooling system on these things is pretty crap IMO

Cramped engine bay, small rad and not much ventilation. I fancy some astra GTE bonnet vents
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I don't think there's anything wrong with it, as long as it doesn't go over 100.

Change the thermostat for a new standard one though, if you think there's something up.
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A temporary method of sorting this is wacking the heating on full blast and the temp will drop in no time
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Yea I know that Ricky, but not when I'm on a Motorway journey is it? not a good idea really on a long journey!

So Robin, you think just change the thermostat?

Oh, and also, the fan doesnt kick in until 102 degrees, which I know is ok, but thought it may be useful information.
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The thermostat is apparent 60odd from gm tho?
As its built into the housing cover.

Could be expensive to change that and find its not at fault.
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It's not part of the cover, it comes out.
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Autovaux quoted me 19.95 + VAT, and that includes the housing.
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on nearly any car i have had i wire the fan to a manual switch. then you can determine as and when you cool the engine. Best thing is tho the way i do it. it will stiull kick in on its own if i forget the switch but just at the normal temp!
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It's not part of the cover, it comes out.

How?
I tried with a screwdriver, and hammer etc
It wouldn't budge Lol
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Mine just came out like the C14SE ones do

Mine was a post 97 1.4 though, and I used it on my 1.6 as it was about a month old.

Maybe they changed it?
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Hmm, on my 1998 X16xe it wont budge at all.
Unless its just stuck....

If you could remove them why would vaux sell them ready fitted to the housing tho?
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I would assume that they would sell either type.

 
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