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« on: December 30, 2005, 03:45:33 PM »
Well I got the engine running again today after a member found a dizzy and sent it to me.  Thanks!!!

I am having trouble (and have always had trouble) with filling her up with water/antifreeze.  I went to top her up a minute ago, having not used her since early this morning and the system is under huge pressure.  Opening the filler cap, tonnes of water sprays back at me and it ends up on the floor again.  I assume it is airlocks in the system, but this is not good knowing how fragile the engines are in these things.  I don't fancy the head overheating and/or head gasket failure after having just put it back together again!

Any tips out there to get coolant in and keep it in?

P.S.  The heater controls are open and I get warm air inside the car, so it must be getting down there at least.  I have had a modified thermostat since purchase which opens earlier than stock.

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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2005, 03:56:37 PM »
well by the sounds of it you have done all you can, but i had the same problem and was panicking because i didnt want it too overheat and H gasket to go. We opened the bleeder cork in the front of the engine while the engine was running, get a jug ready to catch the water, this removed the airlock, do you hear gurgling noises? where the radiator air vent is?

i hope that helps Lewey, i cnat suggest anything else im afraid. I give the big fat water pipe which runs across the engine a squeeze  few times, and u can hear the water slosh i the filler tank. You cant be getting much of an airlock now, if the heating works?

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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2005, 04:07:52 PM »
Hi Lewey, i think what Chris might mean with the bleeder cork is the bleed valve at the side of the heater under the bonnet ( front compartment) just have a container ready i usualy unscrew it right out but be careful not to burn your self just let it run for a while until all air is expelled.



Ps what the hell is a bleeder cork Chris? lol.
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« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2005, 05:10:36 PM »
haha yes, sorry about that!! the principal was right!! but never been a good describer. (even worse at navigating on long car journeys) lol  :lol:
"left no i mean right"  :lol:

but i opened the "bleed valve" l let quite a bit of water out, it cured it instantly!

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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2006, 06:31:19 PM »
Looks like I managed to get it full now I think.  What a game.  Got a few cars, none are as bad as that.  Much groping of tubes, twiddling of heater sliders and slight opening of filler cap.  Ta for the advice.  Motoring on...

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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2006, 07:18:38 PM »
ive had the same problem, its a hassle.

although you have to get it right, or the airlock is lethal

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