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  1. loffty01

    loffty01 Well-Known Member

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    Well done mate you're really flying at this now.
    What about trying it before the belt ,pump & filters change at least that way there's no worry if the head needs removing .That's what I'd do especially as it's been run for a while now on normal water best to test it
     
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    Engine was running well before removing everything was just that stutter from when you turn the key which is fine after the initial turn but i'm reading a lot of them do this and seems to be normal it certainly idles and drove fine.
    Fitted the new core plugs earlier today so will test for leaks in the morning so i know the Hylomar has gone off properly and then see if any different, might just be air going through the system before hand or something with the amount of water it was loosing and causing it to be lumpy, we sha'll see. If i had my way i would service the lot but the mrs has different ideas with christmas round the corner. Been watching some video'son vapour cleaning by spraying a fine mist of water in the throttle body, supposedly cleans the intake and exhaust ports, not heard of this before but if it works i'm happy to give it a go.
     
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    Well done mate keep us updated as you go now .Is it full of water or are you leaving that for tomorrow. Her in doors strikes again lol not just mine then.
    I hope this is the problem solved for you tho more funds for Christmas if you sell it on that is keep you in the good books.
     
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    Going to leave it until tomorrow and give the sealant time to dry properly then take it from there. Have to get a new thermostat tomorrow aswell, so total outlay so far will be about £45, still good for a car with a suspected head gasket failure. The previous owner stated it was serviced a month ago, and the air filter and oil seem quite fresh to be honest. Might just keep it as a run around until its mot in march, then sell with 12 months mot.
     
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    Fair enough mate sounds promising for you especially with the cost so far alot of car for the money win win really for you only time will tell now.
     
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    Just waiting to get some manifold gaskets this afternoon, didn't have any on when i took the old one off, but after checking realised there is a square gasket and a metal loop type gasket also, so off to buy them and then hopefully will have enough time to get it fitted and flush the system and refill. Hoping the stuttering was down to the cracked manifold or the dirty throttle body. I was told it was serviced less than a month ago which seems to be true as the air filter and oil are fairly new, the cabin filter hasn't been replaced though and is pretty black and smelly, car smells like cigars inside, think this might well of been the cause.
     
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    Getting closer now mate fingers crossed that'sthe end of it now for you
     
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    Found the cigar smell today, the carpet at the back behind drivers seat was soaking wet, as was the drivers footwell also.
    Stripped the front seats out aswell as the carpet and underlay with centre console, and the sound dampening foam which sits under the windscreen and runs down to the foot wells is wet on the passenger side, so i think it looks like the seal on the windscreen has gone or something and it's running behind the centre console and into the other side. happy days:mad:
     
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    Oh not nice mate . Can't you test it with all the front seats/carpet removed or have you seen water coming in for that area
     
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    Unfortunately not as the acoustic membrane runs the length of the dash behind it on the firewall. I have 2 options really from where i'm looking,

    1. Use a decent sealant on the outside of the windscreen right the way around.
    2. Remove the dashboard entirely and source where the leak is coming from and tackle it from the inside.

    From other forums it's a common problem and has been resolved by replacing the windscreen, something i'm not prepared to do as i don't have the tools to do it, so will just have to plug away and maybe remove the dashboard to find it. I feel sealing around the screen on the outside will just cause problems elsewhere with water getting into places it shouldn't. Brought the carpet in and is relatively dry already, the under felt needs replacing though as that was falling to bits with water.

    Can anyone tell me what sealant/glue i need to use?
     
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