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 Post subject: Odd overheating
PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:25 pm 
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After running like a dream for a few weeks, the lil blighter has now decided to run rather warm. It's not losing water. The temp creeps up rapidly and when I put my blowers on to cool it down sometimes it works ie cools it and sometimes blowers blow out cool air and temp continues to rise and fan kicks in repeatedly. I'm rather puzzled now if not a little worried since got to get to Rutland on Sat oh and home again of course!

Could it be an airlock or something? Any suggestions?

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 Post subject: Re: Odd overheating
PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:39 pm 
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May sound a bit doom n gloom but the Sei did this to me and it turned out the head gasket was on its way out causing the cooling system to pressurise because of the combustion gasses were leaking across.
Mine finally let go spectacularly on the way to the isle of wight on the motorway all was well till the heater went cold once again n the dreaded coolant temp light came on and we stopped in a big cloud of steam :?
I've known a few fire engines go like this over the last few years, two of them being mine :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Odd overheating
PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:38 pm 
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Check the coolant, see if it smells of petrol, oil or exhaust fume.

If the heater blows cold it suggests air in the system - which could be from a couple of causes including head gasket.

If the worst happens, there's room in the Alfa for the weekend.

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 Post subject: Re: Odd overheating
PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:59 pm 
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mine gets hot in traffic not sure why tbh just thought it was a Cinquecento thing it goes up to 100 but then stops :head:

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 Post subject: Re: Odd overheating
PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:15 pm 
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Thanks guys

Oh I now have a leak too - after it not leaking anything this morning when I checked there was a small pool of water under the car kinda directly under the expansion tank and it had gone from min to max - it didn't lose anything on the way to work or during the day or the way home.

I kind of suspecting head gasket but didn't want to think about it.

I shall put my nose to the bottle n sniff and report back but if it gets worse Pete - if I could bum a lift with you then that would be great - maybe it'll be 1242 time!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Odd overheating
PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:44 pm 
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:shock:

the only time it ever passes without any advisorys the headgasket might be gone what a bummer :chase:

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 Post subject: Re: Odd overheating
PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 12:31 am 
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No worries Em.

If it's dripping near the expansion bottle and there's no sign of split hoses it could be the water pump, hidden in behind the cam belt cover.

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 Post subject: Re: Odd overheating
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EmSpem wrote:
maybe it'll be 1242 time!!!!


You wont regret it if you do, it will feel so much different and it will fly :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Odd overheating
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lees just volunteered to do the conversion for ya em there you go ahh :chase:


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/fiat-punto-mk ... _500wt_949

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 Post subject: Re: Odd overheating
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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FIAT-PUNTO-MK ... 1661wt_698

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 Post subject: Re: Odd overheating
PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:54 am 
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At worst we could do a head gasket whilst camping :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Odd overheating
PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:30 pm 
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:lol: Well am going to try full system flush n see if that solves it. Haven't driven it over the weekend so no further forward in seeing what's wrong - it went in its garage on Fri night and hasn't been out since! At least I've got Thurs and Fri off this week which will give me some time to spend on investigating - done two 50+hr weeks so will be good to have some time to do something other than work :|

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 Post subject: Re: Odd overheating
PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:28 pm 
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you wanna check thermostat :)

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 Post subject: Re: Odd overheating
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flush it first, then see where the land lies, with the heaters cutting in and out, it sounds like a blockage? Which would be an excellent explanation for all of the previous coolant problems you've been having (possibly over pressurising when blocking). Once it's all flushed, run it up with just water in for a few days and see if it loses any (coolant is expensive!) If all is looking well... drain and refill with collant


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 Post subject: Re: Odd overheating
PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:32 pm 
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SpannerChick wrote:
flush it first, then see where the land lies, with the heaters cutting in and out, it sounds like a blockage? Which would be an excellent explanation for all of the previous coolant problems you've been having (possibly over pressurising when blocking). Once it's all flushed, run it up with just water in for a few days and see if it loses any (coolant is expensive!) If all is looking well... drain and refill with collant

Put a coolant flush through it while you're running it.

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