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Re: White smoke.
« Reply #30 on: 18 June 2018, 18:53:42 »

Don't run it for too long on a weaker than 50:50 antifreeze mix (couple of days max), due to the corrosion inhibitors in antifreeze.

I suspect you have a hairline crack in the black plastics either side of rad, usually the hot side.

Dye not needed, as you can trace the steam ;)
Hi TB,hope your well.Right i have adjusted the bonnet cable,but i have another problem.The little clip that the bolt screws in to has had it,it tightens up but then springs back out.Its holding the cable at the moment but can you buy a new clip from some where.TB when Serek did the service in Feb i am sure he would have put in 50:50 mix,since then i have put in.Approx 1ltr of pink coolant when i got back from Sereks and about 2ltrs of water.Do you think it would make it to Sereks,i wont bother with the dye then just look for steam later tonight.Thanks for all the helpfull advice its much appreciated.Dean. :y BTW( i have not used the car very much since Serek did all the work)
Sounds like you have trashed the hole where the clamping bolt goes into the body.

Yes, carry plenty of water, it will make it to Sereks I would imagine, unless you are losing no end of coolant.

If you have put in (effectively) a 1:2 mix, that's too weak.
TB,i have 4lts(bottles) of pink coolant in the car,what if i drain out 2lts of whats in now and top up with 2lts of coolant.Would that help as i need to use the car a few time this week.Dean.
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Re: White smoke.
« Reply #31 on: 18 June 2018, 18:56:43 »

Without going out in the cold to look (still got man flu), I think the clip is a standard "Spire" clip, available on ebay for pennies?
Example: Item Number 192318095864

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Thanks mate,i will take a look.Dean.
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Re: White smoke.
« Reply #32 on: 18 June 2018, 19:05:46 »

No need to remove any - if its leaking much, just make sure you top up the next 1l with neat antifreeze.

If it is a hairline crack on rad, its going to get progressively worse, so you realy do need to locate the fault, then decide on a course of action, rather than just leave it and top up.
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Re: White smoke.
« Reply #33 on: 18 June 2018, 19:12:52 »

You can get a new radiator for around 45-50, but if a garage is doing the work expect them to want to supply it. Which means it will probably be north of 200 by the time it's fitted :(
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Re: White smoke.
« Reply #34 on: 18 June 2018, 19:28:29 »

No need to remove any - if its leaking much, just make sure you top up the next 1l with neat antifreeze.

If it is a hairline crack on rad, its going to get progressively worse, so you realy do need to locate the fault, then decide on a course of action, rather than just leave it and top up.
OK TB,i will do that and i will try to locate it tonight.And if its a new rad then so be it.Dean.
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Re: White smoke.
« Reply #35 on: 18 June 2018, 19:31:18 »

You can get a new radiator for around 45-50, but if a garage is doing the work expect them to want to supply it. Which means it will probably be north of 200 by the time it's fitted :(
Hi DG hope your well,if its rad i was hoping Serek can supply and fit,but 200 wow.Dean.
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Re: White smoke.
« Reply #36 on: 18 June 2018, 19:38:48 »

Without going out in the cold to look (still got man flu), I think the clip is a standard "Spire" clip, available on ebay for pennies?
Example: Item Number 192318095864

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Hi Bigron,you are correct available on ebay.I would like to buy the clip and the bolt/screw, but i don't have a clue what size to order.Does anyone know the size please.Dean.
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Re: White smoke.
« Reply #37 on: 18 June 2018, 20:21:18 »

The link I gave you was for a box of various sizes, for 99p post free!
I am going to buy some for my "just in case" box.  :y

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Re: White smoke.
« Reply #38 on: 18 June 2018, 20:30:45 »

Oh dear, I should read things properly - the 99p price was for ONE clip!
So sorry, Dean.  :-[ :-[ :-[

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« Reply #39 on: 18 June 2018, 20:56:25 »

Oh dear, I should read things properly - the 99p price was for ONE clip!
So sorry, Dean.  :-[ :-[ :-[

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No probs mate,i think if i had to use a 8mm socket the bolt and clip might be M4 thread.Dean :-\
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Re: White smoke.
« Reply #40 on: 18 June 2018, 21:42:48 »

You can get a new radiator for around 45-50, but if a garage is doing the work expect them to want to supply it. Which means it will probably be north of 200 by the time it's fitted :(
Hi DG hope your well,if its rad i was hoping Serek can supply and fit,but 200 wow.Dean.
I sure he would be happy to :y

I was just bracing you for the reality of it.
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Re: White smoke.
« Reply #41 on: 18 June 2018, 22:59:46 »

Last October I bought this from United Autoparts Distribution:-
 VAUXHALL OMEGA 2.5 2.6 3.0 3.2 1994-2003 AUTO/ MANUAL RADIATOR.
It was a perfect fit and cost 56.90 delivered.
You might consider buying one and asking Serek to fit it - unless he can offer a better price for the radiator?

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Re: White smoke.
« Reply #42 on: 18 June 2018, 23:39:51 »

Hi all,a quick update.Took the car out tonight 20 mile run came back home,and parked up.With the engine running no smoke or steam and no coolant dripping on the floor.However with the engine off coolant is dripping from around the rad drain plug area,on the right(can't see exactly where from). But it dripping through a hole in the middle of what looks like some kind of chassis plate,below and to the right of the drain plug.As i say i can't pinpoint exactly where the leak is,but at least i have found the area.Anyone have any ideas where it might becoming from,also why is it not leaking when running but leaking when off. :-\ :(. Dean.
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Re: White smoke.
« Reply #43 on: 19 June 2018, 00:40:33 »

Hi,as i could not modify my earlier post,just to add the drain plug is done up tight i checked.Dean.
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« Reply #44 on: 19 June 2018, 04:49:07 »

The radiator drain plug does have a rubber washer that can perish, but that doesn't answer why no leak when the engine is running.  ???

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