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    Vauxhall Corsa Problem - Any Ideas?

    Alreet everyone, I need someone who knows a bit about cars.

    I have the following symptoms:
    * Cold air from blowers on inside of car regardless of temperature set.
    * Used to run at 85 degrees. Now creeping up to 100 (red line)
    * Filled car up with coolant last night, and this afternoon there is none.
    * Filled car back up and started it again, steam coming from left of engine.
    * Checked under where steam seemed to be coming from, and the area underneath is quite wet, and the water pump (I think) on the left of the engine has some white/furry bits.

    Any ideas what it could be?

    Thanks for your help.

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    Sounds like a broken Corsa to me. Seems like one for the garage to fix.

    Have you checked your oil ? is there any creamy gunk around the filler cap? if so the head gasket may have gone.

    can you see where the water is leaking from with the engine running?

    Original Poster

    sicknotexxx;4719698

    Have you checked your oil ? is there any creamy gunk around the filler … Have you checked your oil ? is there any creamy gunk around the filler cap? if so the head gasket may have gone.can you see where the water is leaking from with the engine running?



    I only noticed it tonight, so can't really see where it's leaking from (if it is leaking and not just evaporating when touching the hot engine)

    Wife drove home from Nottingham (back to Sheffield) and she says it was fine.

    She picked me up and on the drive home, the temp guage shot up.

    There is no creamy stuff around filler, black as oil.

    You've obviously got a water leak on the cooling system somewhere, Hence all the steam, no water and overheating.

    Sounds like you've more or less pinpointed the leak, Be somewhere around the water pump then a seal or hose has probably gone.

    Probably have to replace a seal/hose or clip.

    Original Poster

    Would a symptom of a head gasket going be loss of coolant? Or is that more likely to be water pump etc?

    Head Gasket has gone. Check the oil, if the water and coolant is mixed with the oil - don't start the engine. Mine had the same problem and because I kept using it, I knackered it completely.

    Deffo Head gasket.

    Banned

    All those saying head gasket the oil would be ****ed by now, sounds like water pump seal or hose/clip as advised already.

    The white stuff is just coolant that is left over when the liquid has evaporated

    I had the same problem a few years ago on my corsa, Water pump had gone. Think it cost me about £100 to repair...

    if it is the head gasket the oil will be a greyish coliur on the dip stick

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    Can't believe you missed that Jed Maxwell!!!

    I go bed now!

    lumoruk;4720249

    All those saying head gasket the oil would be ****ed by now, sounds like … All those saying head gasket the oil would be ****ed by now, sounds like water pump seal or hose/clip as advised already.The white stuff is just coolant that is left over when the liquid has evaporated



    When my punto went it had

    3 of the symptoms

    Could be thermostat related.

    Original Poster

    Right, managed to have a look in the light.

    What it should look like...
    http://i43.tinypic.com/t69ff6.jpg

    What it actually looks like...
    http://i40.tinypic.com/29x65o0.jpg
    http://i44.tinypic.com/1zt1jt.jpg
    http://i39.tinypic.com/23u29v8.jpg

    Looks like it's just sheared off.

    Original Poster

    After moving the pipe to the side, I thought I'd fill the water bottle back up, and see if water was coming out of the hole that I thought it was.

    Filled it back up, tried the engine, and it won't turn over...

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    HAHAHAHA sorry, it happens to the best of us...how old is that engine? don't buy vauxhall :thumbsup:

    You should get someone to run a diagnostics on it, it looks like that sensor below that coolant pipe is caked in oil, possibly leaking seal too. The diagnostics will tell you everything that is wrong with it. I bought one off ebay for £18 for VW Audi's, best £18 I ever spent.

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    adambaz;4721649

    Filled it back up, tried the engine, and it won't turn over...



    Possibly lack of pressure in coolant system so engine refusing to start?

    Original Poster

    lumoruk;4721988

    HAHAHAHA



    Cheers mate.

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    lumoruk;4722018

    Possibly lack of pressure in coolant system so engine refusing to start?



    That's more like it.

    Lets have more of a can do attitude!

    Turn that frown upside down!

    Is this the 1.0?

    I have changed the water pump on a 1998 1.0 Corsa, and it was relatively easy to do, i think it was 9 bolts and it comes off.

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    peodude;4727839

    Is this the 1.0?I have changed the water pump on a 1998 1.0 Corsa, and it … Is this the 1.0?I have changed the water pump on a 1998 1.0 Corsa, and it was relatively easy to do, i think it was 9 bolts and it comes off.



    Na, 1.2.

    Got the AA out this morning to tow me to the garage, they recon'd it was the head gasket with "99% certainty"

    Spoke to the garage earlier today, and they got it running.

    Said "the AA man is a retard, doesn't know what he's on about, it's just the water pump".

    They're going to try to get a new fitting for the water pump tomorrow (or just a new water pump if that fails)

    They had me over a barrel to the tune of 4 or 500 quid, and didn't burn me.

    Glad I've got a trustworthy garage for future!

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    hu so how much did they charge you? I'm confused.

    I was charged £125 for a water pump on a 1996 1.4 golf that didn't need changing. Lets just say I don't use that garage any more, now I know how to fix my own car.

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    lumoruk;4729199

    hu so how much did they charge you? I'm confused. I was charged £125 for … hu so how much did they charge you? I'm confused. I was charged £125 for a water pump on a 1996 1.4 golf that didn't need changing. Lets just say I don't use that garage any more, now I know how to fix my own car.



    It just needs a new "nipple" as described in this post...
    corsa-c.co.uk/for…858 or
    corsa-c.co.uk/for…900

    They haven't given me a price, but the new nozzle needed is £3 from vauxhall apparently, plus labour.

    Unless they can't tap/bore the snapped off section off, then it'll be a new water pump.

    Original Poster

    Explains the symptoms:

    * Cold air from blowers on inside of car regardless of temperature set.
    No warm water being transferred from engine to heater matrix

    * Used to run at 85 degrees. Now creeping up to 100 (red line)
    No coolant in engine

    * Filled car up with coolant last night, and this afternoon there is none.
    Coolant leaking out of snapped joint

    * Filled car back up and started it again, steam coming from left of engine.
    Where snapped joint was

    * Checked under where steam seemed to be coming from, and the area underneath is quite wet, and the water pump (I think) on the left of the engine has some white/furry bits.
    Limescale type stuff where coolant had evaporated when in contact with hot engine.

    Still not quite sure why it wouldn't start though...

    Name and promote the garage. What area is it? :thumbsup:

    My car started overheating and when I looked under the bonnet (as women do!!!) the pipe connected to the water pump had sheared off. Just like the picture shown by someone in this thread. The engine over-heated, the temp.gauge went from zero to near the top in about 5 minutes. There was no heat blowing out the heaters. I put some water in the radiator container and drove to the garage, where it is now - new water pump to be fitted tomorrow. Evidently the plastic piece that broke off has been changed to a metal piece sticking up from the pump. I hope it won't be too expensive.

    Hi. This is exactly what my 56 plate corsa looks like in the picture with the hose. Got the fright of my life driving home last nite. Waiting on it being towed away. Can you tell me how much it was to get it fixed? Don't want to get ripped off!

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