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Posted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 9:03 pm 
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the overflow bottle on my elxr8 is leaking a bit and i was wondering if i can replace the bottle without draining the cooling system? (just empty the bottle and replace it) and do ford still sell them? thanks

 

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Posted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:12 pm 
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yup and yup

u will loose the coolant that is in the bottle thats all

 

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Posted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:22 pm 
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Is it leaking through a crack in the plastic or is it just one of the hoses?

 

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Posted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:47 pm 
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Timmeh wrote:
Is it leaking through a crack in the plastic or is it just one of the hoses?


not real sure yet but i think its got a crack in it . how did you go with those door sills?

 

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Posted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:48 pm 
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thanks heaps disco frank

 

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Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 11:36 am 
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I didnt get the door sills. I didnt realise they were stick on. I didnt want to pay that price for stick on kick strips.

With the overflow bottle leak I thought I had a leak but in the end I just needed to replace the clamp for the bottom hose. It still had the Ford stock clamp which is a spring clip so I got a worm drive clamp and put that on and now it doesnt leak.

I took the oppertunity to change the coolant.

 

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Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 11:58 am 
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its only a small leak cos it takes about 2.5 months to empty the bottle but the strange bit is it dosent leak when driving. i only drive it every 3rd weekend or so and every time i get her out the shed it has lost a bit more coolent and there looks like some water marks around the bottom of the bottle but i gotta pull it out and have a good look

 

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Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 12:32 pm 
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its only a small leak cos it takes about 2.5 months to empty the bottle but the strange bit is it dosent leak when driving. i only drive it every 3rd weekend or so and every time i get her out the shed it has lost a bit more coolent and there looks like some water marks around the bottom of the bottle but i gotta pull it out and have a good look


That was happening with mine, changed the cap for a new one and it was fixed. The spring lost its pressure and coolant was bypassing, but only after it was stopped and cooling down, would come back and find a small puddle under front of car and not every day either, would go a couple days with no prob, then do it again.

 

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Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 1:31 pm 
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millard455 wrote:
its only a small leak cos it takes about 2.5 months to empty the bottle but the strange bit is it dosent leak when driving. i only drive it every 3rd weekend or so and every time i get her out the shed it has lost a bit more coolent and there looks like some water marks around the bottom of the bottle but i gotta pull it out and have a good look


That was happening with mine, changed the cap for a new one and it was fixed. The spring lost its pressure and coolant was bypassing, but only after it was stopped and cooling down, would come back and find a small puddle under front of car and not every day either, would go a couple days with no prob, then do it again.


cool il replace cap and leave it for a week or 2 and see how it goes thanks heaps

 

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Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 1:50 pm 
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Also change the 3 clamps from the crappy factory ones (that you loosen with pliers or multigrips) to the good quality screw up ones, this is a common problem of coolant leaks, as the factory ones loose tension over time.
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Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 6:35 pm 
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Also change the 3 clamps from the crappy factory ones (that you loosen with pliers or multigrips) to the good quality screw up ones, this is a common problem of coolant leaks, as the factory ones loose tension over time.


Exactly. Very wise idea....very wise.

 

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Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 7:09 pm 
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how much roughly are u lookin at for a new overflow bottle from ford ?

 

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Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 8:45 pm 
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Big Kev wrote:
how much roughly are u lookin at for a new overflow bottle from ford ?


for a bottle with low coolant sensor $112 and $9 for a new cap

 

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millard455 wrote:
Big Kev wrote:
how much roughly are u lookin at for a new overflow bottle from ford ?


for a bottle with low coolant sensor $112 and $9 for a new cap


really F**k ok kool cheers

 

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Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 8:57 pm 
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I put a new overflow bottle on my ute (XH) and it cost me around 90 bucks. This was after f**k around with three from a wrecker which all cracked within weeks :x . That was 6 months ago and I haven't had a prob. Was starting to wonder if there was a deeper problem :?

 

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