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Hi, I'm new to this group.

Got to say I love old Jag's, my first was 1967 420, I have fond memories of her, not had one for many years until a couple of years ago. I bought a 2000 V6 S Type, I dont drive much now so she has been good to me so far.

Now I need a little advice. I'm losing coolant, as I'm having to top up the expansion tank far to often, engine appears to be running at normal temp when the level is low but the heater does not produce heat when the expansion tank needs topping up, any advice would be welcome, also anyone know of a good and fair Jag specialist in the Chichester area ? thanks in advance.

 

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Hi Rodney

Welcome to the JOC

Firstly do you have any visible signs in the engine bay, that would pin point where your losing coolant? any puddles / drips on the floor? have you run your hands around the pipe work (when she's cold) to try and trace any coolant, are you getting a lumpy running engine? white smoke / steam out of the exhausts, have a look at the base of the oil filler cap to see if there's any watery gunk, same for the dip stick. the temp gauge is normally smack in the middle when up to operating temp just in case you weren't aware, also check around the thermostat housing, that might possibly be a reason why your getting no heat, I can never remember which it is, 'stuck open' or 'stuck closed', I think its stuck open that messes around with the ability to heat, it could be a few other things as well by the way, but I'm not an expert on this at all

I'm sure you'll get more detailed and accurate advice along soon

Regards

Steve

 

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Thanks Claws,        

Got her up to running Temp and found a couple of fine jets of water spraying from a couple of fins on the rad, don't suppose you'd recommend a rad seal as a cheap fix, if so does it go into the header tank ??????

 

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Hi Rodney

If your just pottering around town, then perhaps you could give rad seal a go, (as far as I know it does just go in the header tank when she's cold of course) I would suggest follow the instructions on the container, but leave her ticking over for quite a while on your drive to see if its sorted. If your doing motorway driving, you may be able to get her fixed, either that or another rad New or used I personally wouldn't risk motor way driving with a leaky rad.

Just be sure to keep an eye on your temp gauge / dash for warnings if it starts to rise get her pulled over sharpish! and turn her off before the engine seizes I had a very lucky escape a month or so with mine

Steve

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12 minutes ago, rodney lock said:

Thanks again Claws,

any ideas on the costs of replacement rad, I wonder, what happened to you  and yours ???

 

Hi Rodney

Have a look at my post

 

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Hi Rodney

Prices will vary, here are a few links randomly selected to give you an idea of cost variation, you will need to ensure that you pick one that is relevant to your VIN number (normally your last 7 / 8 digits - letter) David Manners group / SNG Barratt are well favoured by some members of the JOC

If it were me, for peace of mind I would replace the rad with a new one, because give or take, its 16 years old and clearly showing it's age! if your not competent at DIY mechanics give her to a reputable garage to supply and fit and ensure you get a warranty on the parts & labour

http://www.ebay.co.uk/bhp/jaguar-s-type-radiator

http://www.berkshirejagcomponents.co.uk/jaguarspares/Jaguar-S-Type-Cooling-Heating-Parts.html?gclid=CInMhNW9hM4CFakV0wod648MnA

http://www.jagspares.co.uk/Manners/Pricelists/NST.htm

http://www.sngbarratt.com/CatalogueProducts.aspx?m=49&c=12442&s=14016&a=14024

let us know how you get on

Regards

Steve

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Hi Claws,

have put a dab of chemical metal over the holes, as a temporary fix until I can get a new rad fitted and it seems to be holding up alright for now, again thanks for your help and advice.

cheers Rodney.

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