Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2006 18:44:34 GMT
From: "Al" <>
Subject: Re: URGENT Advice needed 1997 9000 - AC SYStem exhaust?!?

"Charles C." <> wrote in message news:448dd2a1$0$30712$ > Al wrote: >> - Bob - wrote: >>> On Sun, 11 Jun 2006 22:12:55 GMT, "Al" <> wrote: >>> >>>> I turned her off pronto and investigated, there is a brown fluid which >>>> appears to have been shot across the front of the engine bay right to >>>> left, >>>> but I cant see a source. It has coated the dump valve (recirc valve) >>>> and >>>> edge of the radiator fan assembly. I don't seem to have lost any oil, >>>> steering fluid, water or brake fluid. I'm guessing an emergency >>>> venting of >>>> fluid from the AC compressor? >>> Not the A/C. It doesn't vent and aside from some fluorescent green >>> leak detector that might be in there, it is never brown and you would >>> not see it. Do you have an automatic transmission? It could be tranny >>> fluid from the cooler. If so, do not drive the car until it is >>> repaired. It could also be oil blown out of the turbo. >> >> It's light brown, and suggestions on other forums have been power >> steering fluid or the coolant expansion tank venting. >> It's a manual not an auto, and shes done 30 miles since with no >> problems everything working fine. >> >> The amount of fluid exhausted was probably less than a teacup, and >> there are no apparent leaks whilst standing. As a result I really >> can't tell if any of the fluid resevoirs are low. >> >> The exhausting sounded very loud, like I'd popped a highly pressured >> hose and the cloud of steam/smoke from the gap was quite violent. I'm >> begining to suspect a simple coolant expansion tank venting. > > Yes, but that should not be brown. Is the colour of the fluid in the > expansion tank brown (or a shade near brown). If you have antifreeze it > should be the colour of antifreeze. > Well both of our 9000's have had brownish coolant. I agree it should be a blueish colour, but that's in an ideal world. If the radiator starts to rust inside due to a previous owners lack of fastidiousness with servicing then you can flush and change the antifreeze as many times as you want, within a few thousand miles it will always revert to brown. The only cars I ever drove with blue coolant were brand new company cars. >> I have >> looked again and there appear to be no loose/damaged hoses and as >> previously stated she runs just fine. >> >> I'm dropping her into Phil and Phil for a quick once over at lunch time >> just to be sure. I'll let the group know if I get an answer. >> >> Cheers >> Phil and Phil couldn't find a problem and suspected a possible venting of the AC compressor. All is working OK Al > Regards > Charles > > -- > Please remove _removeme_ to reply.

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