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Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 11:05 pm 
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this is what confronted me after popping the overflow tank on the EF Gli wagon i want to get - i'd imagine with a coolant flush it'll be ok - checked the oil & nothing funny in it at all - so its just a bad looked-after coolant system? :?

just seeking some confirmation!

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cheers! :wink:

btw - car has done 170,000kms or so

 

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Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 11:41 pm 
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Yeah just looks like it hasn't been maintained, from picture looks like top hose also starting to swell and the white powdery buid up at ends of both hoses look like just a lack of maintanence. I would leave the flush in for a while or atleast do it a couple of times. Looks pretty clean otherwise.
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Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 11:50 pm 
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i would say they have just used plain water and no specialised coolant - just rust from the engine block...

 

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Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 11:55 pm 
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Mmmm it looks a bit neglected, rust on bolts etc. Get it pressure tested, cant hurt.
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Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 12:16 am 
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Mmmm it looks a bit neglected, rust on bolts etc. Get it pressure tested, cant hurt.


yup just neglected dude

a good reverse flush will do it good

 

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Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 12:30 am 
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So if the resi tank is like that im guessin the radiator is pretty bad also not to mention the block its self. Now everyone here knows E series radiators are bad for silt build up and causing many over heating/head problems.
At least by the pick the oil around the filler cap shows it has been used but maybe for toping up only.
Check under the rocker cover for any build up of old oil (grease)
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Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 10:13 am 
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just not maintained, same as my car when i bought it, no coolant used your up for a new cooling system radiator all hoses thermostat etc.

 

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Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 10:19 am 
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should be ok flush it out with radiator cleaner proberly a few times till the water comes out clean then put new coolant into it, run it for a few weeks drain it then put new stuff in again and then should be all good. and just change coolant every year should be all good.

make sure u drain the block and heater core as well. get all the s**t out.

only problem u might find is that u may create some leaks from thermoste water pump ect, as all the rust in there may be blocking up the gaskets from leaking, but ur better off cleaning the system out.
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Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 10:58 am 
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just not maintained, same as my car when i bought it, no coolant used your up for a new cooling system radiator all hoses thermostat etc.

yea thats what kmart did to our car....so i blew a hose and got everything replace while they owned it ;) all good now

 

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Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 11:52 am 
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cheers guys - just needed some confirmation on what i suspected. am reas confident that the car is ok, and is worth bidding on :P

will go have another look over today just in case i missed anything first time :wink:

 

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Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 11:56 am 
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Appears to be missing 2 cylinders fras but apart from that, comments from others appear apt. Get it for a good price and a new radiator shouldnt destroy the budget!!

 

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Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 1:36 pm 
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one of the main problems i see with this is it will actually block up teh jackets on the head gasket, this happened to my old motor and caused water to leak out the side of the motor.

ill show you a pic of what happens

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just means you may need to change the head gasket.

now im not sure what other people think but once the block starts getting rust in it is there anyway to stop it apart from taking it out and getting it chemically cleaned
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Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 2:33 pm 
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hmmm - well, head i can do myself if it blows sometime - having a spare tickford engine laying around helps :)

just had another look again - it looks like a lack of care as opposed to any *major* problems - first thing will be a full coolant flush & we'll see how it goes from there!

 

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Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 2:45 pm 
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yeah that would be it, putting water through them isnt good, as someone else said raditor tanks would be rull of silty rust to most likely
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Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 2:47 pm 
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fraser...... when are you posting pics of your new FBT?

 

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