Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2006 21:46:49 +0100
From: "Charles C." <>
Subject: Re: URGENT Advice needed 1997 9000 - AC SYStem exhaust?!?

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. > 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 > Regards Charles -- Please remove _removeme_ to reply.

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