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cheers chaps i will get prices and weigh up my option for skimming works or for possibly a new block, as i done the CH gaskets myself a month ago and still loosing coolant every few days and of course overheating.

have noticed that also that my rad stays cold sometimes and causes the car to overhead when sitting at lights, but cools down again when moving as i assume the wind when moving keeps it cool. i also replaced the thermostat when doing that gaskets so its either blocked or nackered with overheating.

anyway wasted 130quid on gaskets which never solved the problem.

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I'd be checking a few other things before pulling the heads again. e.g. Fans deffo working ?

yeah fans working fine when the rad is actualy hot. Im sure its the heads as the fact is i need to top up the header tank every few days so im loosing fluid some where and there are no obvious leaks from the hoses etc.

Im off tommorow so if its dry going to pull the thermostat and test it and flush the cooling system, the other reason why i think its the heads is the header cap is caked in some kind of solid brown scum stuff when rubbed between finders it feels powdery, so im thinking thermnostat is also caked in this stuff.

but the main issue is losing the collant.

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Sounds like an air lock if some of the hoses are cold. U tried letting the car warm up with the cap off the coolent to drain of any air?

well it could be a airlock causing the cold rad, but i do think the main problem i have is the heads as i have had to refill the header tank at least 4 times over the last 2 weeks.

will be giving it a good going over tommorow befor i commit to any serious work on the engine.

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took out the rad and thermostat this morning flushed the rad and the engine and tested the thermostat in a pot of boiling water all working fine, reassembled, filled back up with coolant making sure i dnoe it slow to avoid airlocks, ran the car around the local streets so was not booting it and it over heated by the time i was back in my drive, one side of rad hot other side cold with both fans on.

bloody nightmare of a car.

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took out the rad and thermostat this morning flushed the rad and the engine and tested the thermostat in a pot of boiling water all working fine, reassembled, filled back up with coolant making sure i dnoe it slow to avoid airlocks, ran the car around the local streets so was not booting it and it over heated by the time i was back in my drive, one side of rad hot other side cold with both fans on.

bloody nightmare of a car.

Pretty safe to conclude the head gaskets are fecked then.

---john---

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Pretty safe to conclude the head gaskets are fecked then.

---john---

head gaskets will be fine they were renewed just over a month ago, i think the problem is the head blocks are warped. will be looking for a quick trade in or a new engine me thinks. another expense not needed baby on the way.

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