About 6 weeks ago, my VR6 burst a coolant hose (between the cylinder head
and heater matrix), there was a terrible mess and lots of stinky smoke, I
thought it had caught fire! The hose was replaced (you don't want to know
how much they cost) and all was well (my amber coolant was replaced with
nice fresh green stuff too (G11)).
Yesterday, a few minutes after starting the car the coolant level warning
light started flashing so I get out to have a look and sure enough - the
coolant resoviour is empty, but this time the transmission has puddles of
coolant over it and there is no smoke.
I took it to the dealer last night (they stay open till 8:30, cool) but by
the time I got there everything had dried and it just would not leak, even
with the engine running and extra pressure applied to the system, the stains
however suggested the thermostat housing.
This morning I started up, and there was a gurgling sound, so I look under
the hood and find coolant running out from somewhere behind the thermostat
housing, presumably where it joins the engine block but of course you can't
see in there.
There is a thin trail running down the head, I presume it's source is the
seal between the thermostat housing and whetever it attaches too but I
suppose it could be something else? (imminent head gasket failure knowing
Anyone had any experience like this? the dealer said that if they replaced
any part of the thermostat housing or it's seals they would need to do the
whole lot as apparently the plastic parts warp in use and will leak even
more if you put the old ones back.
It looks very difficult to get to, if it had to be done maybe it would be
easier for them (and cheaper for me) if they replaced my clutch at the same
time, with the transmission out of the way it looks a simpler job.
When I was leaving the dealer, one of the mechanics said the if it were his
car, he would try one of the products that you mix in with the coolant to
seal leaks before paying for expensive repairs, anyone have any thoughts
Thanks in advance
(replies direct to me as well as the list appreciated, thanks)
1994 Golf VR6 - 5dr - Leaky Money Pit Edition - Windsor Blue Metallic
Black leather - AirCon - Twin Airbags - 115,000m :-(
Glovebox conversion - VW SYNTA synthetic oil - One? red plug lead
K&N Filter - intermittent airbox snorkel (can't decide)
Sony CD Changer - VW 80w speakers
BBS 15" cross-spoke with 205/50 General XP2000 (never heard of 'em, but they
seem to work!)
Phillips Brilliance Xenon headlamp bulbs
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