Date: Mon, 2 Dec 2002 15:17:41 -0000
From: SkodaPilot <>
Subject: Re: Erratic Idle and exhaust smoke...

In article <>, says... > I'm guessing that a head gasket problem would've shown itself up on a nice > long test drive, going anywhere between a traffic crawl to 80mph, so I'm > reassured. Does that sound right to everyone else? > Head gasket is also likely to show when temp is up. It usually manifests itself with overheating as a symptom. If you're moving quickly air will cool the engine. If you're crawling the coolant has to do it's job. Skodas are prone to HG blowing. Whether the overheating is a cause or symptom of the HG blowing, it is the one thing that Estelle and Rapid owners dread. 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? -- Carl Robson

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