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Old 04-04-2007   #16
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Re: Leaking coolant

Yup, it's hell. Started dismantling my poor B today - spent about 7 hours today to just get the fecker out

If anybody's planning on doing this as well, remember to bring the workshop manual as it is pretty much just following the manual. But what they don't tell you about in the manual is that all the torx/torques (wossitcallled?) screws (about 6 of them) can't be unscrewed, plus some parts that need to be removed have been nailed into place, rather then using screws. So, bring a small angle grinder as well to cut them off.

Attaching som pics so you can see how much fun you're in for if you're so lucky as to need to replace the radiator-thingie .

Hoping to put the car together again tomorrow. Too bad I didn't really note down where all the different screws go...
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And a few more.
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Just remembered - my radiator's a Magneti Marelli. Not sure if one can conclude that all '96 Bs have a MM, though...

Oh, and if you happen to remove the radiator; there's 4 bolts holding it from the engine compartment side. This was of course not mentioned in the manual...
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Seems to me now is a good time to part it out on ebay
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Just need a few more mugs of coffe (sadly your face didn't work too well as a deterrant ) and I'm off to try and put it together .
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Ha bloody Ha
We will see you at the end of the year then
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Apparantly Easter's the time for resurrections...
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Coming back from the dead is one thing but rebuilding your B? well............
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O!, ye of little faith! I'm sure the Spirit of Easter (the Bunny, of course) is gonna come through for me and my B
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At least you will be able to cross one thing off your signature items
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Hopefully tomorrow...was a bit too tired today

The first pic's the heating unit; the two thingies sticking out are parts of the radiator.
The second pic's where the radiator goes into the engine compartement.
Third pic is what my B looked like when I left for home. Still a long way to go

A tip: If you happen to do this to your car - remember to take a note of which cable goes where. The same applies for screws
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Fancy forgetting where you had your screws
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Excellent Job, it does look messy.

I know you are starting to put it back together but now may be the time to remove the floormat & dry it out as it holds LOTS of water you can also check if there is any corrosion to fix as a result. I understand that you are probably desperate to put it back but just seems a waste since all the stuff is already out.
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Alan, do you mean under the 'cover' which is under the the floormats?
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Yes, there is a small cover on the mat to read the Vin No, open that and feel the bottom of the rubber mat for damp, if it's remotely wet or damp at that location then there will be lots of water retained by the mat which also has a built in sound proofing that acts like a sponge.
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