engine problem i think? :S

well basicly on saturday i could smell something burning from my car but wasant sure if it was my car!
today i realised it was my car because today when i came back from college and me mum opened the passenger door i saw smoke come up abit and even me mum said it was. so what i did was opened the bonnet and i couldn't tell and plus it was boiling hottt in there! so didn't want to touch anything!
any idea's of what this can be?
plus i did realise that it was abit over reving ish at start when i turned the k11 on today! please if anyone can help
 

jim_bling

Ex. Club Member
when you open the bonnet its on teh right hand side of the engine bay check the water in the radiator and also in the over flow tank
 
right. checked the coolant and it was all full of mayonaise colour and also the other one (the one thats right at the front silver funny cap thing, water goes in that too)
well anyway there both full of mayonaise colour. i've been told that my head-gasket its on its way out!! :( .... frank how do i take the coolant off so i can clean it all up m8. thanks alot!
 
coolant and the other one at the bottom which water goes in! what do u call that anyway? i wana clean it all out and then see if it makes any difference!
 

Stani1029

Club Member
sounds like its the headgasket, check your oil level and see if it moves over the next couple days if your still driving the car that is? any white smoke coming from the exhaust once heated up?
 

frank

Club Member
most engines get some mayo under the cap so dont rightoff the headgasket yet :wasntme:,
i would top it up and try a couple of short runs first, and check the guage.
then fill the rad to the brim and check for bubbles :)
 
right thanks guys... and no im not driving it! should i put some water in the coolant for now then frank or should i leave it? by the way the coolant is completely full of dat stuff.. i wana take it out and clean it proper. can any1 tell me how to take it out with out damaging it please! and the other one with the silver tap 2 please!
 

frank

Club Member
right thanks guys... and no im not driving it! should i put some water in the coolant for now then frank or should i leave it? by the way the coolant is completely full of dat stuff.. i wana take it out and clean it proper. can any1 tell me how to take it out with out damaging it please! and the other one with the silver tap 2 please!

thats just a catchtank nainy (mine was binned years ago :wasntme:) you can take the bottom hose off the rad if you want to change the water, but i would top it up and test the system out first (it may just be a leak somewhere, mine had a tiny hole in one of the hoses last year, which baffled me for days trying to find :blush:)
 
thats just a catchtank nainy (mine was binned years ago :wasntme:) you can take the bottom hose off the rad if you want to change the water, but i would top it up and test the system out first (it may just be a leak somewhere, mine had a tiny hole in one of the hoses last year, which baffled me for days trying to find :blush:)

thanks alot frank. uve really helped me alot. :)
what do you think i should do now? coz i've filled the coolant and the catchtank! all i wana do is completely clean it all out. the coolant and the catchtank. so if u know how to take it off with ease please do tell me coz i really wana do it!
cheers
 

frank

Club Member
thanks alot frank. uve really helped me alot. :)
what do you think i should do now? coz i've filled the coolant and the catchtank! all i wana do is completely clean it all out. the coolant and the catchtank. so if u know how to take it off with ease please do tell me coz i really wana do it!
cheers

just take the 2 pipes off, shove the garden hose into the bigger pipe/hose (wrap some rag around for a snug fit) and flush it out :)
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pollyp

Club Member
remember to turn the heaters to Hot to fully flush the system.

you have to remove the thermostat and temporary screw back on the housing when flushing with a garden hose from the top pipe. this is cos the the thermostat has a small 1-way valve and the main valve is normally closed when cold therefore water is just gona squirt back out if not removed.

flush till the water coming out is clear

clean, dry and reseal the thermostat back into it's housing. wait till sealant dries, reconnect all pipes then fill up with coolant. occasionally squeeze the top pipe while rad cap is off to burp out all trapped air.

btw check under ur oil cap and dipstick if there's any mayo there too.
 
thanks alot pollyp i will be doing that today or tomorrow. when i get time. thanks alot again and by the way where does the thermostat be? sorry i don't know much about cars!
 

frank

Club Member
thanks alot pollyp i will be doing that today or tomorrow. when i get time. thanks alot again and by the way where does the thermostat be? sorry i don't know much about cars!

there,s no need to remove the thermostat if you take off the pipes that i arrowed nainy
 
right thanks then frank but could you tell me what is a thermostat? what does it do? and where does it be? I'm just gonna give clean them pipes out like you said frank thanks
 

frank

Club Member
right thanks then frank but could you tell me what is a thermostat? what does it do? and where does it be? I'm just gonna give clean them pipes out like you said frank thanks

sure nainy :)
in the middle of that pic, where the tophose fits onto, is a ball shaped ally housing. its inside that.
it holds shut while the engine warms up (so that the engine warms quicker and so that the coolant only flows through the heater matrix).
when the engine is warm enough, it opens, so that the rad can shed any excess heat :)
and if you put the hosepipe into the tophose, it will flush through the rad, into the block, through the head and out near the thermostat
 
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