• Tiny
  • 2010eddie
  • 2002 Volkswagen Golf
  • 116,000 miles

My golf 1.9tdi radiater filler bottle emptys only when doing
motorway driveing. Round town fine? Hope you can help.

Do you
have the same problem?
Sunday, November 11th, 2012 AT 11:18 AM

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  • Tiny
  • exovcds
  • Member

You'll have to check for a leak (external or internal through engine). VW Coolant usually leaves a stain (dry pink powder) that you can spot and
follow back to its source.

Don't forget to check the inside of the vehicle (front carpets) to rule out a leaky heater core under the dash.

If you are 100% sure there are no external leaks, have the head gasket checked at a VW Shop. Coolant in the exhaust usually shows-up as white smoke
or steam. But with colder climates now, white steam (condensation) can be considered normal, especially when first starting the engine.

Common leaks on TDi engines:

- water pump (coolant dripping from behind crankshaft pulley)
- thermostat flange or r-ring seal from pipe that mounts to the side of the same flange
- radiator
- plastic coolant flanges at heater core fittings (at the firewall)
- reservoir cap not holding pressure
- heater core inside the vehicle

Take a close look around to see if you spot anything, once you do, post a picture here.


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Sunday, November 11th, 2012 AT 5:48 PM

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