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Re: VIN 5219

Postby DMC1983 » Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:09 pm

Ive just spotted a very small coolant leak coming from the passenger pipe about midway on the car. This would explain why the car fans didnt kick in till the 220 mark as clearly air is getting into the system. I havent been under to inspect properly but the leak is minute. Theres like a drop just hanging there.

Im fairly certain the leak is not coming from the rubber hose connectors as the pipe is dry either side of the droplet. My question is, can i repair the metal pipe at all? I was thinking of using one of those exhaust patch kits or will i need to replace the whole pipe?
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Re: VIN 5219

Postby MikeWard » Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:49 pm

Have a good luck under it first and make sure all the hose clamps are tight. Are the hoses all original or have you replaced them? Assuming it is one of the metal pipes, I would just replace it.
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Re: VIN 5219

Postby DMC1983 » Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:34 pm

I kinda wanted to avoid changing just one pipe if i can. I havent replaced any of the pipes or rubber tubes yet as I kinda want to replace the whole lot. im fairly sure its a pipe but cant confirm just yet. I just wanted a temporary fix for now.

I really dont want to change one pipe, fill up the system again, bleed it to find that another pipe goes the same way a little down the line. Yes its an expensive upgrade but i want to do things properly and once and not worry about it again for a while. So my thoughts were to get a temp fix, get it through an MOT and whilst waiting the registering process to then change all the pipes and rubber tubes then. That way by the time ive done all that i can finally start enjoying the car
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Re: VIN 5219

Postby andyd » Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:37 pm

Buy the whole lot (ally and silicone kits) and just change that one pipe just now to get it driving?
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Re: VIN 5219

Postby DMC1983 » Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:45 pm

Well ill check it out first. It may be worth just changing the pipe cos the system needs bleeding again anyway. I guess i shouldnt lose too much coolant but i still think that changing the whole lot in one go is the better option going forward.
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Re: VIN 5219

Postby A Van » Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:14 am

It’s probably leaked up the top and run down the pipe
I wouldn’t worry too much chasing that at the moment as once it’s driven thing will be expanding contracting

And that wouldn’t cause the fans not to kick in


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Re: VIN 5219

Postby DMC1983 » Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:47 pm

So ive checked under the car and cannot find the source of this minute leak. Took the car out for a drive up and down the road for 20mins or so and the car seemed to behave as it should.

The fans came on at the right level, turned off the same. I do think i will need to upgrade the rad and the fans at some point and definitely get the screw in otterstat/pipe. And damn does that engine get hot!

Whilst under the car, i noticed that where the gearbox joins the engine, there is oil there. Can this have come from my leaky crankshaft seal as oil has a tendency to travel?
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Re: VIN 5219

Postby bandit » Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:09 pm

Could be a number of things, they do often weep from the crank seal (mines done it for the 13 yrs I’ve owned it & never got any worse) or could be something higher up & running down
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Re: VIN 5219

Postby cis6409 » Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:40 pm

Could also be the driveshaft lip seal on the gearbox on the drivers side, but more than likely the flywheel seal as Julian says

(or even both like on mine) :lol:

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Re: VIN 5219

Postby DMC1983 » Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:34 pm

God i hope not. That all seems like a big job or at least an expensive one. Im not surprised if it is though as the car is nearing 40.

Im guessing these would be advisories on an mot?

Lets say it is the flywheel or something else, can chris n do this work or is there someone else that any know of?

Damn this glorious, annoying, love, hate marmite car :lol:
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