Losing Water

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Losing Water

Postby ColinB » Tue 22.04.2014, 19:32

I am losing water at a fairly slow rate. I have checked for drips under the car - none. Sniffed the water - no small of oil etc.
Looked at the dipstick - it looks normal no sludge. The only thing I can think of is a head gasket problem from a water channel
to a cylinder. Is there any way to check for this?
The only thing unusual that occurred was that when I went to start a couple of days ago:- Three attempts and each time it fired but immediately
stopped. I use no throttle when starting because normally it fires instantly and runs at about 1050 rpm. For the fourth attempt I used
some throttle and it revved with no problem. Since then it starts and runs like normal. Please don't let it be head gasket!!!
Any comments please.
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Re: Losing Water

Postby lotuska » Tue 22.04.2014, 19:40

Sounds like a head gasket failure...but worth checking a couple of things. Firstly the water pump, would show water staining and only leaks when the engine is running, also check to see if the carpets are damp inside from a failed heater core.

To confirm head gasket get a kit to do a sniff test of the water, or ask a garage to do it, you can also check to see if there is any pressure build up in the water header tank. There should be virtually none when cold and you start the engine, if you can feel pressure straight from start up then the head gaskets gone. Excessive water (steam) from exhaust is also a sign.
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Re: Losing Water

Postby Enright » Wed 23.04.2014, 00:20

Could try a compression test - the gauges aren't expensive from any motor factors.
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Re: Losing Water

Postby Andy_J » Wed 23.04.2014, 23:23

could be a leaky radiator, water evaporating off before it gets a chance to drip
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Re: Losing Water

Postby ColinB » Thu 24.04.2014, 05:56

Thanks for the replies.
I will check compression etc. Had a new radiator about 3k miles ago so hopefully not that.

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Re: Losing Water

Postby HJ2 » Thu 24.04.2014, 14:00

Check the filler cap for the coolant reservoir as well...
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Re: Losing Water

Postby Nickydee » Thu 24.04.2014, 14:19

I would do a sniff test first of all, as most head gaskets seem to fail in the same place with exhaust gases mixing with water rather than water with oil. Hence the symptoms tend to be excessive pressure in the cooling system leading to leaks and pipe failures rather than "mayonnaise" and low compression.
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Re: Losing Water

Postby HJ2 » Thu 24.04.2014, 16:52

Agreed. I saw 4 HGF's up to now, all between cilinder and coolant.
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