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Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 11:20 pm 
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the tank being half full - or half empty for that matter is normal.

there was a thread about this just the other day, basically was suggested to drive it up to operating temp. then park it on white concrete and watch. see if you can see a leak.

unless you have access to a pressure tester then you coul pump it up and if your lucky see a hose blow off.

 

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Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 1:56 am 
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do you ever get steam coming out of your overflow intake pipe? generally head gasket

might try checking for leaks and replacing the pressure cap on the coolant tank ($10) first.

If you have a heat shield on your exhaust remove it and check for white stains on your block.

If you see white stains(that's dried coolant). See where leaking from, either head gasket or welsch plug.

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Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 2:04 am 
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fordfreak ef wrote:
hellbent_ef wrote:
I might get s**t canned for saying this,

but are sure it was half empty or half full??
Ummmmm "What heavier? -a ton of bricks? -or a ton of feathers??

a lose a header tank full every four days... bloody thermostat gasket!! id do it if i didnt have the flu atm..



when you say heavier do you mean mass or weight :P

 

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Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 2:13 am 
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hmmmm fordz i dont think uve done a headgasket mate, i think ure radiator cap might be f**k, remember i saw steam coming out the drivers side of ure car the other day, i bet something is a miss there
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Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 4:48 am 
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mine has been going through coolant a bit too, me got a feeling ant f**k up with the new head he put on,but cnt find any coolant or oil anywhere in the motor

 

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Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:20 am 
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Cap, Radiator, Hoses, Welsh Plugs, Heater core, Heater tap, Thermostat housing, Head, Head gasket, too name a few possiblities.

And No you shouldn't lose coolant under normal circumstances.

 

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Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 12:09 pm 
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tickford_6 wrote:
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yeah you shouldnt be losing any

its a closed system with no where to go except round and round.

even over 6000kms it shouldnt lose anyway (via normal driving that is....they do sometimes push some through the overflow pipe when driven hard)



It's not a closed system. falcons do not run a recovery system.


by closed i meant it doesnt 'use' water, ie burn it or something. its supposed to go from radiator, round engine back to radiator. it shouldnt lose any unless its got a leak somewhere

 

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Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 6:24 pm 
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Rapier wrote:
hmmmm fordz i dont think uve done a headgasket mate, i think ure radiator cap might be f**k, remember i saw steam coming out the drivers side of ure car the other day, i bet something is a miss there


nor do i tim.

Could the loose cap effect the operating temp as well? It was running a bit hotter then normal on the way up. But this was before i opened the bottle and notcied it had no coolent in there

 

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