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Posted: Tue May 23, 2006 3:35 pm 
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i have only done 3500klm in my 1998 ef fairmont and i have put 4 ltrs of coolent into the coolent tank on the drivers side.it is NOT going into the motor as the engine oil is very clean.new oil and filter after i bought it.there is no puddles of water on the ground after you park the car.the engine bay is still very clean from when i bought it.do these cars use coolant this fast
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Posted: Tue May 23, 2006 3:41 pm 
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You shouldnt loose coolant at all. Check for any obvious signs of coolant loss like stains on engine parts. Check the reservoir cap for any splits/cracks on the seal, check hoses both rubber and steel for signs of leaks, if after all that you find nothing have the cooling system pressure tested. Hopefully it isnt a head gasket and the coolant is leaking directly into the cylinder.
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Posted: Tue May 23, 2006 3:46 pm 
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chances are there is a very small leak somewhere and it is loosing such a small amount that it evaporates without leaving any puddles. Like joolz said, it would probaly leave a stain so check around all the hose clamps even at the back of the engine and your welsh plugs too.

 

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Posted: Tue May 23, 2006 3:50 pm 
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Check your Heater hose... mine was just hanging there fromt when they pressure tested it and put a new one on.... it could also possiably be a hole in the radiator...
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Posted: Tue May 23, 2006 4:38 pm 
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the car had a new radiator fitted just befor i bought the car so maybe it coulg be a hose needing tighting up.i checked the carpet in the front and it is dry.the 4lts i have put in has been on 2 occasions in the 3500klm i have owned the car.
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Posted: Tue May 23, 2006 4:44 pm 
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Is the block stained organge/white below the exhaust manifold?

 

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Posted: Tue May 23, 2006 4:51 pm 
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get some big bits of white paper and some small weights (ie old spanners etc)...lay the paper down on the driveway with the weights pinning it down (2m by 2m area), then take it for a 10-15 min drive give it a bit of grief, then pull it up onto the driveway so the front of the car is over the paper and let it idle... if its dripping away the paper should show you where its dripping from and how quickly.... if its not a simple hose not on tight enough or a split hose...start worrying

 

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 Post subject: Re: COOLENT LOSS
Posted: Tue May 23, 2006 7:22 pm 
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jimg1au wrote:
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i have only done 3500klm in my 1998 ef fairmont and i have put 4 ltrs of coolent into the coolent tank on the drivers side.it is NOT going into the motor as the engine oil is very clean.new oil and filter after i bought it.there is no puddles of water on the ground after you park the car.the engine bay is still very clean from when i bought it.do these cars use coolant this fast
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Could still be going into the cylinders and out the exhaust. I had this problem on my EA, oil was also still clean. Turned out to be porosity holes in the head.

 

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Posted: Tue May 23, 2006 7:40 pm 
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check radiator cap first, then heater tap. this usually deteriorates.
my xr6 leaked out of the metal pipe that goes from the water pump to heater.

 

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Posted: Tue May 23, 2006 9:30 pm 
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joolz wrote:
You shouldnt loose coolant at all. Check for any obvious signs of coolant loss like stains on engine parts. Check the reservoir cap for any splits/cracks on the seal, check hoses both rubber and steel for signs of leaks, if after all that you find nothing have the cooling system pressure tested. Hopefully it isnt a head gasket and the coolant is leaking directly into the cylinder.


I basically covered all the replies so far in the first responce!!
Does the exuast smell of coolant on start up if its been sitting for a few hours? start from the basics first (things you can check on your own) then if still nothing get professional help.
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Posted: Tue May 23, 2006 9:36 pm 
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workied in a workshop for a considerable amount of time and when a falcon leaks water and it aint hoses or caps its

- the expansion tank has cracked
-HEAD
-WATER PUMP

common faults that happen on e-series falcs

 

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Posted: Tue May 23, 2006 10:22 pm 
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So caps never leak? if so why did i have to replace mine as after i replaced the head geasket i was still loosing coolant, if i squeezed the upper radiator hose you could hear air coming from the over flow hose! Hmm the $10 cap was stuffed!
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Posted: Wed May 24, 2006 1:40 am 
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hasnt he already checked his cap?

check bellhousing for water stains the back of the head is a common corrosion spot.

 

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Posted: Wed May 24, 2006 11:16 pm 
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when i bouht mine about 5 years ago it was doing the same thing.i still had 3 months wanaty thay replaced the water pump,all hoses,even the radiator, still no fix ,so i went to see a mate a grease monkey and he told me it has a snaped head bolt.took it to the dealer and told them .and he was spot on tthe top of the head bolt was snaped off. this might be the same thing with your's
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 Post subject: found the fault
Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 10:34 pm 
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hi
finally got to my friends house and tested the cooling system and it held for 1 hour at 120k so the system was good and so it should have been it was new before i bought the car.then we tested the cap and as a lot of you said the cap was stuffed.$7.50 later and i have a new cap so all should be good.
thanks to all that replied to my post
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