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Old 26-02-2006   #1
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Oil / Water leak - headgasket ? Please look






Car doesn't misfire, no flat spots. But I always seem to have an oil film at the arrowed parts.

I also noticed that the Coolant level dropped from max to below min within a week.

However there is no sign of a leakage on my driveway...

I have receipts that the waterpump has been changed about 8 months ago, radiater has been changed 1 month ago.

Any Ideas ??
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Re: Oil / Water leak - headgasket ? Please look

Top picture looks like ur rocker cover gasket has gone mate. mine did the same thing , i have changed it now and its fine
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Re: Oil / Water leak - headgasket ? Please look

yeah, that is just a cam cover gasket leak.

take it off (4 bolts) clean the gasket surfaces very very well and bung a new gasket in.
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Re: Oil / Water leak - headgasket ? Please look

That was quick! Thanks.

Would this explain the water loss aswell ?
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Re: Oil / Water leak - headgasket ? Please look

no

does it keep loosing water, or has it just dropped the once? It could have just been an air lock. dont worry unless it keeps using water.
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Re: Oil / Water leak - headgasket ? Please look

it was just the one time so far...


just another dumb question:

Can I clean it with WD40 ? Or what do I need to use ?
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i'd use degreaser. specifically Gunk
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Re: Oil / Water leak - headgasket ? Please look

I checked again today and the water keeps boiling over.

checked oil level - fine.

There is no trace of oil in the coolant tank.

anycideas what it might be ?
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faulty expansion tank cap
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Re: Oil / Water leak - headgasket ? Please look

I really hope that is just a faulty cap.

I will replace the cap & rocker gasket tomorrow
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Check that the cooling fan is operating.

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cooling fan is working fine.
temperature light didn't come on so far...
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Make sure the fan is running at full speed, the bearings begin to drag causing the fan to move enough air.

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i still think its the cap failed, system not pressurising and so boiling early.
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Re: Oil / Water leak - headgasket ? Please look

Fitted a new cap. & the new gasket.

Took it for a short 10 mile run - no oil leak, no overboiling coolant.

i didn't even know those caps can go wrong

Thanks four your great advise.
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