Date: Mon, 02 Dec 2002 15:38:38 +0000
From: Matt Gibson <>
Subject: Re: Erratic Idle and exhaust smoke...

SkodaPilot wrote: > On Estelles and Rapids usually overheating is caused by, thermostat > failing to open, or thermoswitch not switching the fan on the front > mounted radiator, so hot water heads back to the (rear mounted) engine > without being sufficiently cooled by the radiator, or the water pump > failing (seized bearing through not be greased), or silted up water > pipes restriction coolant flow, because previous owners have used just > water isntead of a decent coolant mix. > > Any of this sound familiar? No, I've not noticed any overheating. The fan's working fine, and it's not kicking in any more often than it ever has. I've also gone from a nice 70-80mph blast to crawling through slow traffic a few times in the last 24 hours, and haven't noticed any problems at those times -- this would be when the engine's likely to get to its hottest, yes? I really am starting to believe that the smoke I saw was just the result of the prodding and nudging of vacuum tubes that I was doing to try to figure out what was wrong. I don't quite see how that could lead to the smoke, though, but as I've said, I haven't seen it since, and I've been quite hard on the poor old car since then... Cheers, Matt -- "It's the small gaps between the rain that count, and learning how to live amongst them." -- Jeff Noon

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